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  1. It says “Mudge” on the label. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Supposing those drill marks are what they are, do you think that means there is a pretty good chance this helmet was flown in theatre? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Ah, I remember seeing a few helicopter helmets with mounts for those masks at some point. That explains that! As for using a 26/P chin strap, it is certainly unusual and reinforces my belief that this was probably a USMC helmet. On a side note, does anyone here have an extra MBU-14 that they might be interested in selling? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Old drill points for the older type receivers with a t bayonet mask. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 1989 date of production chin strap. Just about the only markings on the helmet. “LRC” sharpied under the cover. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Under the cover. Helmet had the cat style NVG setup at some point. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I recently picked up this USMC Desert Storm era flight helmet. Waiting for the seller to reply to a message so hopefully I might learn a bit of the service history with this helmet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Bringing this post back up with some more information! I emailed Jason Gilligan who is the director of business development for aircrew systems at Gentex about the HGU-48/p. He said he didn’t know much but would ask another employee, Mark Jones, aircrew helmets products manager and USAF veteran. So here it is, straight from the horse’s mouth. Seemingly this means my helmet was one of the batch that went to an F-15 squadron during this evaluation and is untouched since. Nice to finally have some real documentation and sources! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Here is the flight suit, model K-2B. Unfortunately no squadron patches, but this is the one he flew in during his tour in Vietnam. The reference photo of the pilot in the squadron is one from a veteran of the 559th during 68-69 I tracked down and spoke to while researching this group. He said that he didn’t remember anyone having squadron patches outside of rank and name tapes on their flight suits. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Medal papers pertaining to his service in the 559th. Most of them are somewhat generic, but one is given specifically for his actions during the Battle of Duc Lap, a besieged special forces camp.
  11. Photo of another pilot from the 559th in 1969 with a similar helmet.
  12. I picked up this helmet earlier this year along with a flight suit, dress uniform, and a few other pieces of equipment all belonging to one John Apple. After doing some digging online and through the National Archives, I was able to find that he had a distinguished career. Some highlights include an aerial victory in WW2, extensive time as an experimental test pilot, participation in Operation REDWING, and distinction in Vietnam with two Air Medals and two Distinguished Flying Crosses. The helmet flown in 559th TFS from 1968-1969, an F-4C Phantom squadron based out of Cam Ra
  13. Wow, what an awesome helmet! Can't say i've seen many untouched HGU-56s, especially ones with face shield markings. Shame it will probably be impossible to track down any service history.
  14. Mask arrived - some more photos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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