Edited by mwesson030, 04 August 2019 - 05:32 PM.
Thoughts On Vietnam Cobra APH Helmet?
Posted 04 August 2019 - 05:25 PM
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.
Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:42 PM
Posted 06 August 2019 - 01:47 PM
The 129th AHC has a Facebook page, maybe you could ask them directly.
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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Posted 07 August 2019 - 02:22 AM
They did get Cobras in the early 70's...but you do make a good point.
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
Edited by phantomfixer, 07 August 2019 - 04:03 AM.
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.
Posted 07 August 2019 - 04:33 AM
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.
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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