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#1 hink441

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:23 PM

I consider myself lucky and was able to win this nice VA-34 Blue Blaster HGU-33 helmet at a local auction. I hope you guys like it as much as I like this helmet. I also know the Naval Aviator who owned this helmet and actually launched him a few times as a young Plane Captain in the A-6 Intruder community. The mask was added by me and was not included in the auction.

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#2 Steve B.

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 01:30 PM

VERY nice helmet.  It's even better that you have a personal connection to it.  Congratulations!



#3 hink441

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:15 PM

VERY nice helmet.  It's even better that you have a personal connection to it.  Congratulations!


Thanks Steve B.

This Aviator is a top knotch guy.

Chris

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:40 PM

Awesome looking helmet. The ones that show some honest use always look the best.



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 02:50 PM

Outstanding helmet!



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Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:12 PM

You need an "in use" photo from your pilot as a topper to this beautiful helmet.



#7 hink441

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:16 PM

You need an "in use" photo from your pilot as a topper to this beautiful helmet.


That would be a great picture to have.

I did get a picture of him handing the helmet to me after the auction.

This guy was a career A-6 Aviator going back to Vietnam.

Chris

#8 hink441

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Posted 08 October 2019 - 03:17 PM

Awesome looking helmet. The ones that show some honest use always look the best.

Thank you, your VA-176 helmet is a beauty also. They were in the same hangar as the Blue Blasters.

Thank you for all the comments.

Chris

Edited by hink441, 08 October 2019 - 03:18 PM.


#9 hink441

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:29 AM

This helmet came with this hand-made (Rigger made) helmet bag. I also got another one of his helmets with bag and some flight gear, and flight suits.

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#10 boxerdogi

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:55 AM

He supposedly was quite the character....wearing a leather helmet instead of a hard helmet during his Vietnam tour. Also one of the youngest Navy pilots to fly combat! 



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Posted 09 October 2019 - 03:55 AM

These squadron level, rigger taped and flight used helmets from the past are (IMO) the apex of helmet collectables and the patina they

often display are just a subtle form of recorded history. Excellent find!!



#12 hink441

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 04:59 AM

He supposedly was quite the character....wearing a leather helmet instead of a hard helmet during his Vietnam tour. Also one of the youngest Navy pilots to fly combat! 



Great detective work! Yes this is the same Aviator. He is well known in the A-6 community. I would like to keep his name private though out of respect for his privacy.

Thank you for the kind comments.

Chris

Edited by hink441, 09 October 2019 - 05:05 AM.


#13 digi-shots

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 06:30 PM

Chris, just saw this post... really cool taped helmet! Glad you got it!

#14 hink441

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 01:22 AM

Chris, just saw this post... really cool taped helmet! Glad you got it!



Thank you Linda for the heads up on the auction!!

Chris


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