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#1 VenitHora

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:21 PM

I am not an AAF specialist but I do like the AAF helmets. I thought it would be nice to make a thread showing them. I will start off with my first ever flight helmet, an AN-H-15 which I got when I first started collecting. I hope others will share their helmets too.

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#2 VenitHora

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 10:24 PM

Here is an early "redskin" B-5 helmet without any oxygen mask snaps.

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#3 VenitHora

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:28 PM

Here is a B6 helmet with interesting leather base and drawstring cloth cups.

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#4 VenitHora

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Posted 16 September 2018 - 10:29 PM

The other side.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 04:39 AM

Nice B-5 and 6...

The repair on the B6 is odd and interesting...with little to no use after the repair



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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:24 AM

For sure untypical. They got a style! Thanks for pics.

 

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:21 PM

I'll play.

 

My first ever USAAF Flight helmet.  Got it back in the mid 70s as a kid. Took me a while to get it repaired and looking the part.  RAF Type C favored by USAAF pilots in the ETO

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:22 PM

Didn't get serious about collecting USAAF gear until the last 5-6 years.   This was my second USAAF used Type C.   Often pilots taped in the US receivers into the ear cups as they didn't quite fit right.  Had to have a taped version :)

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:23 PM

This was my first A-11.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:24 PM

My third USAAF Type C...Do you detect a theme here? :)   This one came with goggles and mask and had clearly been together for a long time so I'm kinda proud of this set.

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 06:26 PM

This is one of two USAAF used RAF Type D helmets favored by USAAF pilots in the MTO.

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#12 VenitHora

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 09:05 PM

Nice B-5 and 6...

The repair on the B6 is odd and interesting...with little to no use after the repair

 

Hi Phantomfixer, actually there is no repair, it looks like the cups were removed and resewn lower on the helmet.


Edited by VenitHora, 17 September 2018 - 09:05 PM.


#13 VenitHora

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Posted 17 September 2018 - 10:35 PM

Great helmets 38 Driver! Thanks for sharing. Love those AAF used C helmets!



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:31 AM

Here is an A9 helmet with the same type of leather base and tie up earcups.

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#15 VenitHora

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:32 AM

The other side

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#16 VenitHora

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:33 AM

This one is a size medium.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:35 AM

Here is another example of an A9 with the same type of earcups.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:36 AM

The other side.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:38 AM

This one is an extra large.

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#20 VenitHora

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:41 AM

Here is an A11 of mine, nothing particularly special about it other than it is a nice example and a good size.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:42 AM

The other side.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:44 AM

Here is the tag, an extra large.

 

38Driver, I love your D helmet too. I have some C helmets which I will post later.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 04:24 AM

 

Hi Phantomfixer, actually there is no repair, it looks like the cups were removed and resewn lower on the helmet.

My bad, I should have not used repaired...altered then...

 

it is intriguing to see three different AAF helmets with the same unusual earcups...

Any back story on these...from the same grouping .. 

 

 

the A-9's appears to have RAF type receivers in them?  


Edited by phantomfixer, 18 September 2018 - 04:37 AM.


#24 VenitHora

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:55 AM

My bad, I should have not used repaired...altered then...

 

it is intriguing to see three different AAF helmets with the same unusual earcups...

Any back story on these...from the same grouping .. 

 

 

the A-9's appears to have RAF type receivers in them?  

No problem! It is hard to tell with photos sometimes. All were found separately, sadly no story on them. They all have standard US receivers.


Edited by VenitHora, 18 September 2018 - 07:56 AM.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 05:23 PM

Here are the two standard USAAF headsets. The R-14's were used early in the war by the Army, the ANB-H-1's came out later on and was used by the Army and Navy. I found the pictures on the internet, but they give nice close ups.

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