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  1. After wanting one of these for years, I was lucky enough to find two Improved Bed Netting Systems (IBNS) last week! One is coyote brown , the second is a woodland camouflage version of the same... Wrapping them up is challenging but luckily there are numerous U-Tube videos that show the process, and once you've figured it out it's actually quite easy (but still a bit scary as it does require unnaturally twisting the fiberglass poles). I looked but could not find any info on these in this forum, anyone have any experience with them? By the way, the Enhanced Bed Net System (EBNS) is the IBNS with a rain fly... Cheers! M2
  2. A search of that contract numbers hows it to be a APH-5, which is an Army helicopter helmet as Viking73 posted. https://wisvetsmuseum.pastperfectonline.com/webobject/2A8E53F3-A8DF-4D8A-BE70-098402750400 https://44thcollectorsavenue.com/Militaria/Post-WWII/Field-gear-and-equipment/USV-F-000013.html
  3. That MFS was originally on the bottom helmet with the fake ANVIS googles on it. It looked better in person but that is actually a LCAC helmet and a different shade of green than the MFS, so when I got my third one I installed it on it. As the MFS was new it had those plugs that go in the holes when you remove the brackets. I had to drill both helmets to install them. I contacted CEP-USA and they were extremely helpful and sent a replacement unit. I have been testing to see if I could use some of pieces to get the old system to work, but it appears that the problem is either the battery pack or the microphones that allow you to hear with the helmet on. Replacing the entire unit requires a little soldering, which I don't have a lot of experience. I plan to tackle it in the very near future, as the CEPS (hearing enhancement) worked well when I got it a few months back. It is very similar to the Bose system on DH-132 Combat Vehicle Crewman helmets. ??
  4. Nice catch! Since you're obviously also in Texas, mind if I ask where you found it? I have three -56s, one with the Maxillofacial Shield (MFS) installed. One is a "veteran" sitting between the HGU-26/P and HGU-9/P up top, another was used but doesn't show a lot of wear (that's the one with the MFS on it) and the third was new when I got it (the one with the fake ANVIS-9 NVGs on it). I am in the middle of replacing the hearing enhancement system on the middle one, for some reason it stopped working by CEP-USA was kind enough to send a replacement. I have to say the HGU-56/P are my favorite helmets in mo collection. I do have a lot of documentation for them, such as Helmet System, Aircrew Integrated HGU-56P (TM 1-1680-377-13&P-1) tech manual; so if there is something you are looking for information-wise feel free to ask. As you are in the US, I can share it with you.
  5. Yep, mine's from Sierra Engineering as well. Here's a close-up pic...
  6. Those appear to be the same bayonet receivers used on the HGU-7/P, which screw into snaps with holes in the center... Now as to whether they were originally used on this helmet or not is beyond my knowledge. The HGU-7/P came out in 1959, but did not originally come with bayonet receivers (the MBU-5/P snapped on). They were added later as far as I recall. Why such devices were fitted to a WWII helmet is beyond me, but anything's possible!
  7. OK, opinion only but those look much more like ski googles than aviation ones. For one, if the latter they would greatly reduce the peripheral vision of the wearer. Secondly, there are many outlets (Sportsmans Guide, Cheaper Than Dirt, etc) that sell them as ski goggles. https://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/us-military-surplus-wwii-foster-grant-goggles-used?a=1317439 Thirdly, as you said, aviator goggles are must ore sturdy... Lastly, if you Google WWII ski goggles, the majority of results look just like your pair! Could some aviators have worn them? Possibly, but I am pretty sure they are intended for mountain troops!
  8. In fact, I remembered I had a David Clark headset buried somewhere in my office, so I hunted them down and they have the same mic on them!
  9. Thanks, I think you're right. We'll see once the helmet arrives!
  10. Wow, 379 views and no intel? I am surprised, I figured someone on here would know...
  11. I just picked up a similar SPH-4 off eBay, and was wondering if anyone could tell me a little about the mic on it...
  12. I am beginning to see a few of the Improved Combat Vehicle Crew (iCVC) coveralls in OCP showing up for sale (as shown below), but I can't find any pictures of US Army combat vehicle crews actually wearing them! I can only find the older UCP pattern or the crew is wearing the normal OCPs (as below)... Has anyone actually seen US Army combat vehicle crews wearing the OCP iCVC coveralls? Thanks! M2
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