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  1. Sounds like an interesting book. I will pass the information along to others.
  2. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/284412-help-id-please-usmc-beret-patch-reunion-item/
  3. The image that Red Crown posted appears to be the same photo that I saw in the Vietnam War book series that I mentioned above. The book Vietnam Warbirds in Action by Dana Bell has an image of a C-141 aircraft commander or pilot wearing a HGU-7/P.
  4. To me, the design looks like the shape of an island? Could also be Yogi Bear or Boo Boo Bear sitting down!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boo-Boo_Bear
  5. There is an image in a Vietnam War book series that shows a USAF O-1 pilot wearing a HGU-7/P. It is possible that the very early HGU-7/P helmets were made from fiberglass. I once saw a USAF manual that had a photo of a HGU-7/P with a USAF wing style decal on the front. This photo was used as a reference on how and where to install a snap on each side of the HGU-7/P helmet for use with the nuclear flash protective goggles. This manual was probably from the early to mid 1960s.
  6. The ESCAPAC back type parachute containers were kept with the seats. The pilot/aircrew would wear a torso parachute harness that had fittings for the risers and seat survival kit attachment.
  7. The lighter may be from the USN squadron RVAH-1 which flew the North American RA-5C Vigilante. The previous squadron was the heavy attack VAH-1 which flew the Douglas A3D (A-3) Skywarrior and later on the A3J (A-5) Vigilante. The crest may be related to the Vought RF-8G Crusader aircraft? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RVAH-1
  8. There was a monocular that was used in some USAF survival kits. Possibly as part of one of the survival contents containers that were installed inside the B-58 Hustler acft. encapsulated ejection seats. I will have to do some more research when I have time. USAF navigator Col. Iceal Hambleton (BAT 21 Bravo) used one of these monoculars as part of his survival gear after ejecting from a Douglas EB-66C Destroyer acft. over SEA in 1972. The BAT 21 mannequin display at the National Museum of the USAF in Dayton, Ohio featured a similar or the exact type of monocular. There was a
  9. whatpriceglory.com garciaaviation.com flyboyplus.com and ebay.com may have the reproduction bladders also. Might have originals too?
  10. Not a problem. A similar parachute container was used with ESCAPAC ejection seats installed in some USAF aircraft such as: B-57, A-7, A-10, F-15, F-16, and F-111. There was a USAF variant that had a cut-out on the lower right front side which was for attachment of the automatic seat survival kit opener cable assy. Basically, a cable that was attached to the inner parachute assy. and automatically opened the seat survival kit when the parachute deployed. The other end of the cable attached to the right side of the seat survival kit at the opening mechanism.
  11. Common problem. I have not replaced one yet. You may want to make sure that the remaining bladder material is not fused to the rubber face piece stem on the bottom as it may tear. I had this happen to a different mask in the past. May have to soak the mask before removing the remaining bladder material? Just a thought.
  12. The Army used the APH-5 and SPH-4 during Vietnam, along with the ballistic AFH-1 helmet. The USAF used the modified HGU-2/P, HGU-2A/P, and dual visor HGU-26/P in helicopters, along with the AFH-1. The USN/USMC used modified APH-5 (different from the Army APH-5), APH-6, APH-7, SPH-1, SPH-2, SPH-3, and SPH-3B. Possibly the AFH-1 also. There was a white painted version of the SPH-4 that I have seen in photos of Air America pilots/aircrews. Possibly a civil purchase helmet. The HGU-39/P was modified with a dual visor assy. and boom microphone assy. for use in USAF helicopters.
  13. boxerdogi, Interesting information about the use of arrows on early USN/USMC hard helmets. I believe there is an arrow painted on at least one of the helmets in the movie The Bridges at Toko-Ri. I have heard that the gold paint on the H-3, H-4, and APH-5 helmets could be detected by radar, also to aid in rescue.
  14. The parachute container appears to be a USN/USMC NES-12 series for use with the ESCAPAC ejection seats installed in the A-4, A-7, and S-3 aircraft from the 1970s to present. It replaced the NB-10. The similar NES-16 had a zipper along the bottom to attach to the High Speed Soft Pack (HSSP) on the bottom of the Douglas Seat Pan (later SKU-1/A). The NES-12 series and the NB-10 attached to the RSSK-8 series seat survival kits. The NB-11 and NB-9 were hard containers with a zipper along the bottom also which were replaced by the NES-16. The NB-7 was a soft container which was replaced b
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