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From an estate, according to the obit, gentleman was 9 years USAF EC-121 during Vietnam war, flying surveillance missions, and another 35 years in the USN retiring in 1991 as Chief PTO for the National Airborne Emergency Command Post..

 

Not much of his USAF was up for auction, and almost all of his USN flight gear was available.. I was able to purchase two of his helmets along with miscellaneous flight gear..

 

I really like this helmet..a keeper for now a dual visor rams horn..

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VAQ-33

 

He spent most of his time on surveillance aircraft starting with the EC-121 and evidence of flying the A-3 Skywarrior...

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Very nice!! I really like this helmet also!! VAQ-33 flew both the EC-121 Super Connie and the A-3 Whale. I had a good friend who flew in the Whale with VAQ-33 and later with some VAK squadrons. Great helmet.

 

Chris

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Thanks Chris...I know he flew EC-121s in the USAF in Nam, and now maybe in the USN too...his AF career went until about 1971, then switched to Navy

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the helmet is marked with VAQ-33 and it also has the bat on the front from VC-1, which according to flight gear found he flew with both.....wish I could have obtained his 3 cruise jackets..all nomex and one white deck vest...they sold at a later auction

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. I was able to purchase two of his helmets along with miscellaneous flight gear..

 

I really like this helmet..a keeper for now a dual visor rams horn..

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

That's a real killer VAQ-33 helmet John, great score... Is the velcro on the visor cut into the shape of a bat?!

 

-Derek

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