Kurt This is a great idea for a thread and some very nice examples shown. I've always wondered how one can ID a military issue pre-WWII model flight helmet from a civilian one? I sometimes see them in dealers stalls, rather cheap, but have no idea if they are military or civilian. Did they have specific models or did the Navy look for general characteristics before buying from a particular manufacturer? Just learning here.
That is a good question! I posted these because knew they had been worn by USN veterans, rather than posting hemets, that appeared to be US Navy.
There is a nice selection of helmets on Museum of Naval Aviation's website. You can search their collection at this site and entering " flight helmet"http://collections.n...useum/Query.php
They have some helmets from the 20's and 30's that are similar to mine. They have the same cut, construction, ETC.
During WWI Naval Aviators seem to have worn the same style helmets as the Army did. I know there are specific ones that are considered Army or Navy, but you see many the same. The helmet I have is identical to a USAAS helmet from WWI, but I know who wore the one I have.
None of the ones I own seem to have contract labels or maker labels, just size labels. The 2 from thre 30's do almost appear to be made to similar specs. The pattern looks the same except for the lining.
Edited by KASTAUFFER, 24 January 2009 - 03:14 PM.