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Bluespicker

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    Piedmont Triad Area of North Carolina
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    I am a Jet Helmet collector and have an interest in history including all areas of military history. Recently got into genealogy and I play guitar mostly blues; 60-70s rock; some bluegrass
    I have also written a book "Yes Virginia, the Vietnam vets were Spat on" which the publishing world has shown no interest in.
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  2. It seems to me that far too often, the “experts” of this world dazzle us with their ignorance when they should perhaps, shut up and learn. As stated previously, the question at hand was whether Sally Ride would have used a K-1 partial pressure suit helmet and that was what I endeavored to answer. I did not think a treatise on the USAF partial pressure suit program was in order as the salient point that I attempted to make was that Sally Ride didn’t join NASA until 20 years after the K-1 left service. As the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished and frankly, As in times past on similar fo
  3. You are wrong. The type designation sheets for the K-1 and MA-2 state they are not electronically interchangeable. The K-1 is AN/AIC-8 (headset and Mic) while the MA-2 is AN/AIC-10. The MB-5 is in fact a K-1 UPGRADED to the MA-2 electronics. "MB" as in the MB-4 which is a P-4 without a visor were SAC's designations.
  4. Please post the three photos of the F-104 pilots with references you allude to.
  5. Dennis Jenkins "Dressing for Altitude" is perhaps the best chronology of USAF pressure suit development. Jenkins clearly states the K-1 was replaced by the MB-5 and that occurred around 1956. Jenkins is a good read as he explains what was developed and why. Most suits were purpose built and one seldom replaced another.
  6. I did not set out to demonstrate my proficiency with USAF pressure suit helmets and development but rather to point out the glaring problems with Sally Ride using a twenty plus year old, obsolete partial pressure suit helmet. For those interested, Dr. (Col.) William Sears (now deceased) provides a very nice Pressure Suit chronology in which he mentions most but not all the partial pressure suit helmets. As I recall, Bill created this chronology for the Aerospace Medical Society. Bob McElwain (ex-USAF LST and then NASA LST) has provided this chronology on one of his web pages. As to your inform
  7. It is honestly a nice example. The rubber membrane (faceplate seal) is almost never on these. Other than that, and the missing laces it looks nice.
  8. The K-1 was out of service by the early 1960s replaced by the full pressure HGU-8/P and HGK-13/P helmets. Ride did not join NASA until 1978 nearly 20 years after the K-1 was phased out. To put this in perspective: NASA had developed and flown the Mercury program, the Gemini Program, the Apollo Program and a was soon to start flying the shuttle. Factoring in all the x-plane flights, the U-2 and the SR-71 programs, why would anyone resurrect a 20 year old piece of equipment when there were so many better alternatives out there? In 1970, the US Navy was selling as surplus entire MK-IV ensembles.
  9. That is a very nice helmet. Do you have a photo of the inside?
  10. All, I must confess that as a jet age aviation collector my motives are in that arena but I think there may be more to M1938 tank helmet history than is currently understood. I am requesting assistance from those who no doubt are better informed than I. I am posting this where the tank guys can see it as they may have more insight into this than the aviation guys but I intend to reach out to them also. So here goes: Not too many years ago, Jet Helmet collectors discovered that tank helmets were pressed into service circa 1945 in the USAAF for the P-80 (jet) aircraft. At the time (late 1990
  11. Thanks for the ID. I searched the web and did in fact find some things that are really close to the Speedballs but nothing that matches "exactly". Honestly, I think your ID is spot on. Given the size and the design, they really do look like they could be tank decals for a Harley. What else has a left and right side? But... the military often appropriates things for their use. Just wondering if anyone has seen something like this in military use. I am thinking 1945-50 early jets (P-80 and F-80). Maybe F-84.
  12. I am researching early jet age helmets circa 1945. Found this helmet and I just can't ID this decal. I am almost certain it is gas/oil related but all my searches have come up empty. Anyone know what this logo is? BTW I am awaiting the helmet but I am told it is a heavily modified M-1 inner liner.
  13. You may still have the nut. The Styrofoam liner tends to hold these even if they fall out of the hole. Carefully search for this. It can get trapped under the styrene liner and between the shell. I probably have a spare but I am not at home right now... on the road. Let us know if you find nut! Send long a pic of the helmet when you can
  14. Sweeting covered the A-15 in his book. It is a refinement of the A-13A pressure demand mask only it was designed (I think) to replace both the A-13A pressure demand and A-14 diluter demand masks. The A-15 was never standardized but it seems there was a test lot of these made by Ohio Chemical. Most of these turn up still (new) in the box. Never recalled seeing one actually in use. I have two, both were in the box when I got them. This is a bit speculative but.... it seems the USAF was trying to find a single mask it could use in most applications. There is some information about A-13As equippe
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