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HS-8 SPH-3 helmet Mid 80s vintage


horridohutch
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Its been awhile since I have had anything worthwhile to post.

I found this SPH-3 helmet from HS-8 here locally at North Island Naval Air Station. They flew the SH-3 Sea King helicopter. Has the original owners initials JD on the back. Cool thing is that I may have known this guy! I was in HSL-35 at the same time this helmet would have been used. Quite possible we were in school together because I knew a guy that went by JD during training. Helmet is 100% complete although the foam in the earcups has seen better days, which is normal. Glad to finally found something worthwhile after a long drought.

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NIce piece. Man the Navy always gets me with their numerous ways to set up headset and mic cords on their helmets. Must be at least half a dozen different setups between different helmets and the various aircraft types. USAF and Army have a standard and then 2 other styles. Must be lots of Pig Tail adapter cords in the USN/USMC

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  • 2 years later...
Vark_07

I was searching the web for SPH-3 examples, and this video came to me this evening, and I immediately made the connection with your helmet I had seen a couple of days ago.
Looks like the diver who offered him the shell served at the same period in HS-8, for the decoration appears very similar to yours ! (top / rear red chevrons, 8-ball, and the red "boomerang" shape on the visor housing).

 

Terrific example, by the way (I wasn't member of the forum when you posted this one).

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