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#1 mwesson030

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 05:25 PM

Iâm sure most of you have seen it already, but I was wondering what some of the more experienced eyes thought about this helmet up for auction on eBay right now. Is it period? Was it commemorative? 6f2c0318ffc2338c6ce1f963aa583f9b.jpge4577b0769dee95fc949dddfd0f188bf.jpg361b636d45dd56d22222ef4a8a8a6c13.jpgac36ccdf6bde83b81509c23d8209e0b8.jpg7c9a10d2b67dbc60dfb89fa99209f98c.jpg08c579dabe11d21df2c43978f4e15e10.jpg

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#2 m1a2u2

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:13 PM

Very hard to know. You could have them take a picture with a black light to see if the florescents have degraded. 



#3 boxerdogi

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:42 PM

A couple of thoughts..... the actual King Cobra was experimental and was early 70s. Im thinking the helmet would be an sph. Even Cobras were late 60s... so again Im thinking an sph. I also believe it was common practice for helicopter pilots to paint their white helmets olive drab prior to deployment to Vietnam. Super helmet, but I question if it was ever in combat. Provenance would be key with this one.

#4 Andrei

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:47 PM

The 129th AHC has a Facebook page, maybe you could ask them directly.



#5 mwesson030

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

Super helmet, but I question if it was ever in combat. Provenance would be key with this one.


Yeah, that was my concern as well. Possibly it was used in testing stateside? I think that the APH stayed in production for quite a while. The seller was not able to supply any provenance.


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#6 mohawkALSE

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Posted 06 August 2019 - 07:05 PM

Doesn't have to do with the AH-1 Cobra,  the Guns (UH-1 gunships) of the 129th were the Cobras I believe.

 

https://www.129th.net/


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#7 boxerdogi

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 02:22 AM

They did get Cobras in the early 70's...but you do make a good point.



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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:01 AM

from the pictures.. I like the paint and the wear..scratches, dings etc...To me...looks like an operationally used helmet.....I am not passing judgement on when and where...but I think the guy flew with it


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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:17 AM

The 129th guns were known as King Cobras to differentiate themselves from other units like the 114th guns Cobras. I have a patch in my collection with the exact image on it as that is painted on the back of the helmet. If this is some sort of bogus repro it has taken a significant amount of effort to produce.

 

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#10 boxerdogi

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:33 AM

Dont get me wrong.... I love the helmet. Worn in country?.... maybe.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 06:46 AM

Well, someone liked it as it sold.

 

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Posted 14 August 2019 - 03:37 AM

Looks period correct for the Huey Bravo gunship era and most likely the real deal. 

Combat used or not, it's still a very cool piece of history.

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 05:26 PM

The 129th was at Lane Army Heliport,An Son ,Viet Nam in the 70-71 time period(when I was there) and there were Cobras there.There is a facebook page for Lane Army Heliport.It was pretty much roll your own over there so if a pilot had had taken his APH 5 over there he could have painted it up and wore it, although the SPH 4 was the norm.




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