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1950's & 60's USAF pilot's helmets, flight suits & more

Started by Bob Hudson , Sep 09 2009 06:13 PM

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#1 Bob Hudson

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:13 PM

Picked up this grouping today - it was in trunks in a garage and filled up these bags (most of which are pilot's kit bags or helmet bags):

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The cream of the crop are the three USAF helmets and two oxygen masks (behind them are leather and cloth Army Air Force helmets with goggle and two pairs of headset/microphones):

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There was lots of insignia:

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#2 Bob Hudson

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:18 PM

There were several flight suits and various nylon flight jackets, plus some of the Vietnam era tropical combat shirts and pants:

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#3 hawkdriver

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:18 PM

Nice haul!

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:20 PM

Holy Schnikies!!... :w00t: ...mikeamer_thumb_up.gif

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:21 PM

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:23 PM

Wow, wow, wow.......beautiful stuff. Congratulations :)

#7 Bob Hudson

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:24 PM

There's various pieces of gear. This first one is the recording magazine for a cockpit voice recorder used in the B-66 and B-57. These were wire - not tape - recorders and these magazines popped in just like a video or audio tape cassette.

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These are pilot's clipboards that strap onto the leg:

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:49 PM

Nice haul!!

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 06:53 PM

Great score.Really like those early jet helmets.I just picked one up with some extras.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:16 PM

Here's some more uniform item including another flight suit and an L-2B flight jacket:

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:20 PM

There are a couple of the N-2B parkas, one of which still has a so-called "cutter's tag."

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There's an AF raincoat and windbreaker jacket

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:25 PM

And last ,but not least are the books: not just any books, there are several flight manuals and check lists.

There are six books for the B-24D including the flight manual (FYI: a set of these can sell for over $500).

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Here's the B-26 manual:

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The B-57:

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The T-33:

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The C-141A

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There are also some manuals for the B-66.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 08:29 PM

There is more than one type of check list for some of the aircraft he flew:

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Here's his photo and two books from his days in flight training (he actually started flying in the 1940's).

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A couple of squadron books:

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:16 PM

Wow, what a really cool score, I love the helmets.. It would look like someone did a lot of service in TAC air, the B-57 in that role in Nam was awesome as I have built two of them (model's) back in the day's, the A-26 in Korea was the same in my opinion

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:33 PM

Wow, what a really cool score, I love the helmets.. It would look like someone did a lot of service in TAC air, the B-57 in that role in Nam was awesome as I have built two of them (model's) back in the day's, the A-26 in Korea was the same in my opinion


It looks like he flew the B-66 and B-57 while with the 34th Bomb Squadron.

I may have to start a thread about those flight manuals: the details in those are amazing.

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 09:50 PM

It looks like he flew the B-66 and B-57 while with the 34th Bomb Squadron.

I may have to start a thread about those flight manuals: the details in those are amazing.

I Bet! Very cool grouping once again, I would love to find an early helmet like those..

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 02:33 AM

THAT is a group worth having... beautiful stuff.

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:16 AM

Wow - what a group!

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 04:18 AM

Absolutely incredible! You couldn't have gotten much more of a complete group unless you managed to get his socks!

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Posted 10 September 2009 - 05:05 AM

Wow! That is very big grouping :)!


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