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Vark_07

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  1. Nicely done, it looks beautiful put together this way !
  2. Oh you're right, I didn't even try to read it but in contains indeed valuable informations. If it can be of help, I got very close to the screen and managed to read the following content 😁 (regarding the post war career) :
  3. Thanks for the new pics, as I thought it's a MS-22001 early retention set with metal Y-yoke, same configuration as mine (see below). It would be great to know in which USN aircraft he flew after WW2, perhaps in the anti-submarine warfare squadrons given his former war experience (S-2 Trackers ?). The boom microphone on the helmet might suggest a crew of 2 -or more. Very complete and preserved white set, with a fine pilot history and ID, congrats ! -Gauthier
  4. That is one fine named example ! Everything seems to be present, with a gorgeous patina and a stylish writing. According to what the label says, it's a P-1B shell which was retrofitted to the P-4A standard (with the central rubber knob + visor track, and comm), the USAF decal's central position partially masked by the external visor addition is a valuable confirmation (brand new P-4s had two smaller decals on the sides, behind the visor's tilting mechanism). The P-4A standard being introduced in 1957 or so, it's safe to say your set was used as it is in the late 50's.
  5. Very nice early named APH-5 indeed, which seems well-preserved with a splendid -and intact- USN decal, plus a 50-60's era boom mic. These early USN models (with metal-railed visor / visor housing + leather tabs mask retentions) are very often seen in gold color, it's good to see a white example from time to time. Great score on this one ! Although it doesn't alter the quality of this set, I would have just one small doubt about the visor knob that might have been changed over time, for it's an USAF type, not Navy (as a matter of fact, I had the very same "issue" on my own gold
  6. Ahhr, my mistake -again- Mohawk, sorry to rain on your parade but nothing uncommon or strange with this OV-1 set, for it was indeed fitted with the Sierra receivers (painted like they were, I mistook them for Xmas tree)... and it's even written in the description, I have absolutely no excuse 😅... I hope you'll find it interesting to look at nonetheless. I didn't know about that wax paper thing, no wonder it confused me. Thank you for you input !
  7. My bad on the 2nd example, it was sold as an APH-5 and I didn't double-check before posting (I concur with you on the clear visors statement, most of the AFH-1 I've seen so far were fitted with those). Talked to him a couple of times in the recent past, and it occurs that the shop's owner buys most of his US helmets directly in the USA during militaria fairs / exhibits, so we can rule the Germany hypothesis out. However, the "Extra Thin" pads you were talking about could be a matching guess, I searched the web for them and found a sole picture of an unissued bundle including that
  8. You're right, this last REDAR hose end pic shows a 2-year manufacturing time span (88-89). There are 2 molded dots out of the 4 squares in front of the year 88, and none in the 89 (so MFG. date was 2nd quarter 88).
  9. Thanks for the comments gentlemen . I've definitely seen this type of foam-exposed pads during my APH-5 searches, all fitted on late version shells. A few examples below ; I could search for more, but you get the idea : these do not appear to be that rare after all. example 1 (GENTEX) example 2 (Sierra, with stained foam) example 3 (GENTEX with mixed pad types) In any case, given the permanent distortion of the foam on many places, the dust embedded in it, and the perspiration stainings of the leather, I can tell the pads on my example have seen
  10. Greetings everyone ! Let me introduce you my latest acquisition and first try in the helicopter helmet arena, a US Army Vietnam-era APH-5A in excellent used condition. This Large-size shell was manufactured by GENTEX in May 1967 (see label below ) and therefore features many characteristics of the late APH-5A versions : factory-painted OD shell, black rubber edgeroll, padded chin and nape straps, a full plastic visor (without the early models' side tracks / edge beading) enclosed in an OD-tinted plastic visor housing with nylon tracks
  11. Splendid VMAQ-2 Prowler driver's helmet, as I expected it to be when l replied to your previous thread. Thank you for the good quality pictures, they really show justice to the gorgeous tape job and the lovely patina. The Woodland fabric cover is a real bonus, typical of the USMC. I was still hesitating wether it was a late "Playboys" or early "Panthers" era shell, but after further thinking and seeing the mask's datation, it might very well be both. In my opinion, the presence of the Playboy Bunny and -what most of the forum members said to be- a Panther silhouette taped over t
  12. That's a pair of beautiful helmets, for sure. I particularly like the corroded green patina on both, gives them a lot of character (my preference goes to the taped one nonetheless 😁), great score ! Isn't the "FAULRING" shell another H-4 though ? From the pictures you've provided, the Gentex decal on the inner shell and label on the suspension straps both read "H-4 Medium".
  13. I concur, this is definitely US-made (Greenbrier INC.), you can't be mistaken looking at the MFG label. This type of 2-part cranial shells was -and still is- in use mostly on US Navy Flight Deck crews, featuring their iconic color code (although the eye protection and audio may differ today). Found a picture of a Spanish Air Force ground crew wearing this type of protective shell. Nice find !
  14. Very nice example of early and non retrofitted MB-4 (these were produced around the year 1957). I like the patina of the shell, decal and edgeroll, a very authentic piece of S.A.C. history. More informations about these shells. In that early configuration, I'd concur with AMT500E, just a pair of B-8 flying goggles and MBU-3/P (USAF nomenclature for the MS-22001 mask) with early straps / tabs attachment and the 2-pin com cord, would be a perfect match, easy to put together.
  15. In the case this helmet belonged to the "Panthers" era, the Red Rabbit silhouette on the visor housing would have been a reminder of their former controversial name, a wink if you will. That could be right, because I've seen that some aviators of VMAQ-2 use to hide a tiny Playboy bunny under the Death Jesters patch today. However, the "Panthers" era emblema was borrowed to the American Football team "Carolina Panthers", and its style differs widely from what we have here. Personnaly, I'd stick to the woman / late "Playboys" era, but it's definitely a terrific
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