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My 2nd USN VA-42 helmet


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I was able to get a second VA-42 helmet for my collection. This one is different from the first one, it has a boom microphone attachment on the right side of the helmet. It also has what looks like a rigger modified chin strap and nape strap. It is not named and appears to be a small size.

 

I think this one was intended for the A-1 Skyraider. This squadron flew both the A-6 and the A-1 in the early to mid 1960s.

 

Here is a link to the thread covering the first helmet.

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/287292-va-42-helmet/

 

Here is a few pics of the new helmet.

 

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Thanks,

 

Now I need to locate a visor knob and a boom mic.

 

I wonder if there is a significance to the different colors of the lightning bolts on the visor covers. Could one color be for A-6s and the other for A-1s ???

 

Chris

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Found this picture online. A VA-42 Aviator strapping into his A-1 Skyraider with the help of his Plane Captain. Helmet is similar to my two posted helmets, notice the different type O2 mask fittings (snaps).

 

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Thanks,

 

Now I need to locate a visor knob and a boom mic.

 

I wonder if there is a significance to the different colors of the lightning bolts on the visor covers. Could one color be for A-6s and the other for A-1s ???

 

Chris

or maybe could be that the material color on hand to do the bolts at that time was what they had available on location?

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