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Some of my WWII Naval Aviator flight helmets

Started by bazelot , Dec 30 2009 03:55 PM

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#1226 jerry_k

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 02:06 PM

Nice one:) I did remember it from the past. There are a volcano cups covered by chamois?

 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 04:49 AM

Nice one:) I did remember it from the past. There are a volcano cups covered by chamois?

 

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Jerry

 

Yes, that's the one.



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Posted 09 July 2017 - 01:46 PM

Something you don't see everyday. A M-450 Manufactured by Mirabelli.  The main different with other manufacturers of M-450s helmets are the seam tapes on the exterior instead of the inside.

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 01:47 PM

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 01:49 PM

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:07 AM

Latest setups, both named to  Vincent De poix. De Poix was with VF-6 on USS Enterprise and USS Saratoga. He was Also on Guadalcanal in 42-43.

He was a graduate of the Naval Academy Class of 1939 - was a fighter pilot over Guadalcanal and had 3 victories to his credit. He had numerous commands including VF-172, VX-4, USS Albemarle, USS Enterprise and he served as Commander of the 7th Fleet off Vietnam, the 2nd Fleet and the Defense Intelligence Agency. 

I have been working with the seller for 2 years to get those helmets and I finally managed to get them. I have another helmet attributed to Vice Admiral De Poix so that makes 3 of them. It is not every day you get to buy flight helmets named to a pilot with 3 victories.

 

1st one is  a leather 1092 flight helmet with his last name written in red paint on the back. Flight helmet has seen a lot of use but is still in great shape:

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:15 AM

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 10:18 AM

By the way the throat mike came with it and was his as well:

 

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 12:05 PM

2nd one, plain Jane but still nicely attributed, receivers came with it.:

 

 

 

 

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:08 PM

Nice VADM de Poix helmets!!

I just purchased one of the Admirals later used jet helmets. It is in the mail now.

Chris

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Posted 11 July 2017 - 08:05 AM

Nice VADM de Poix helmets!!

I just purchased one of the Admirals later used jet helmets. It is in the mail now.

Chris

 

Great to hear Chris. I hope we will see pictures when you get it.



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 08:48 AM

Latest and greatest. Again something you do not see everyday. A NAF 1092W modified with the AAF open leather earcups and late war oxy snaps. I had never seen a Navy helmet with those cups before. I don't really know if it was used by a Navy or AAF pilot but it fits right in in my collection. Navy aircrews used the AAF sponge earcups quite often but the open ended ones were not as common. All the snaps were covered in a heavy layer of verdigris and helmet had a hole on top which I managed to clean up and fix.

 

 

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:11 AM

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Posted 12 July 2017 - 09:49 AM

Tom,

The snaps look brand new! Can you share your technique on clean up and finish on these snaps.Maybe a how to thread if you are so inclined. :D

Bob



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Posted 12 July 2017 - 10:38 AM

Tom,

The snaps look brand new! Can you share your technique on clean up and finish on these snaps.Maybe a how to thread if you are so inclined. :D

Bob

 

Just an old toothbrush. Verdigris comes off really easily, it makes a paste on top of metal that is fairly easy to remove



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Posted 31 July 2017 - 10:33 AM

Latest setup. Really tough to find early AN6542 with small buckles, 3 section side panels and oxy mask snaps. Extremely rare setup which I did not have before. The brow has been cut off for comfort I assume.

 

 

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 11:04 AM

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 11:05 AM

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Posted 31 July 2017 - 12:26 PM

Latest setup. Really tough to find early AN6542 with small buckles, 3 section side panels and oxy mask snaps. Extremely rare setup which I did not have before. The brow has been cut off for comfort I assume.

 

 

 

I meant AN6540 not 6542

 

 

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Posted 15 August 2017 - 02:45 PM

Another beautiful one coming soon


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