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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Photo of another pilot from the 559th in 1969 with a similar helmet.
  5. 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 Ranh Bay. Unfortunately it is heavily damaged, but it certainly has character. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. 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.
  7. Mask arrived - some more photos Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Disconnected hose possibly from the 756/only photo I could find of a complete version.
  9. Hi all, Recently won this partially complete version of a 756 mask. It seems to be the alternate setup with a side mounted hose that has much more in common with an MBU-20/23. As part of the group, this strange black mask and an MS22001 were also included. Any idea what the black mask is? Is it US, Russian, or otherwise? Best, Matt
  10. Another strong squadron possibility would be VC-1. The tail color pattern seems to be very close to the shape and pattern on the helmet.
  11. The sticker is Chinese. It says “Moving out” Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Just got the helmet today. Unfortunately no name, at least that I can find. I did take a look under the visor and this seems to be a pretty early production HGU-33/p. I guess it will really come down to luck whether or not I can find a early-mid 80s photo of one of these helmets in use. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. If you post a picture of the writing, i know some people that can translate it. Might be some help ID'ing the squadron.
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