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50's era US flight helmets


Bebel

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Is there anybody who is collecting flight helmets from this period?

 

Some helmets of my personal collection... Would be happy to see others from this forum members. :thumbsup:

 

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OMG! Nice! :bravo:

 

I would collect them if I could, but I have a hard enough time getting more modern helmets at a price I can afford!

 

Cheers! :twothumbup:

Syd

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Great collection! :thumbsup: I've always wanted to collect those vintage flight helmets, but the prices and a lack of space have conspired to prevent that. I've often thought that I should have started collecting flight helmets years ago and skipped some other stuff I had been collecting. Believe it or not, some of those old P series USAF helmets were still being used in the mid 60's. As an USAF supply troop, I remember taking in some of those and issueing the later HGU series as replacements.

Great stuff.... I hope some other collections of these show up on this thread!

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Thanks for your replies. Some others for your pleasure I hope... :thumbsup:

 

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Dear Bebel,

Very nice collection! Especially the P-1 & P-3 flight helmet.

Here is the P-4B from my collection.

 

Best,

Birdie

 

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Charlie Flick

Bebel:

 

I was chasing the Jet pilot helmets years ago but drifted off into a different direction. Here are a couple of old pics of several helmets in my collection. (Hmmm. Looks like I need to do a little bit of dusting....)

 

Regards,

Charlie Flick

 

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Thank you for your nice helmet photos. I am happy to see other beautifuls stuffs. Anyone would have for showing a legendary first version of P-1 with black edgeroll or a pre-Toptex Doc Lombard's helmet from the end of the 40's? Complete original H-1 and H-2 are also very scarce. I doubt that I never have one...

All these old USAF and USN helmets represent a part of the US aeronautical history from this period.

I hope that some of you will show other photos of their collection! :rolleyes:

 

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Ciao Gentlemen,

I was hoping you could give me some help. I picked this up today in an antique store. Took a chance. I've been searching the internet, but I cannot find the exact helmet I have. Any help appreciated.

Best Regards, Arditi

 

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Ciao Gentlemen,

I was hoping you could give me some help. I picked this up today in an antique store. Took a chance. I've been searching the internet, but I cannot find the exact helmet I have. Any help appreciated.

Best Regards, Arditi

 

www.ironlegions@weebly.com

Super looking helmets. Wish I had picked some of those up when they were real easy to find. Now, these things are really hard to find.

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Hi Arditi

 

I think it is not a pilot helmet. Perhaps an old tank crew helmet? Do you see any label or notice?

Would it be possible to see more photos?

 

Franck

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Great gear folks, beautiful to see.

Nice to see some top dog photography too!

 

Keep the pics coming if ye can.

 

 

marc

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I acquired a grouping that belonged to a US Air Force pilot who served from 1952 to 1973, flying B-26, B-57, B-66, C-130 and C-141 (I have a thread on the whole grouping at http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...showtopic=54226 ).

 

The real thrill was opening a cardboard box and finding three vintage USAF helmets (and one leather and one cloth WWII AAF helmet, plus a couple of headsets).

 

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The USAF helmets are a P-1B with the visor conversion, a DH-5 and an HGU-2/P.

 

Let's start with the DH-5, which may be very rare based on what I've read. The excellent helmet website at http://www.best-of-flightgear.dk/aph5helm.htm says, "This DH-5-3 helmet was Gentex' bid for a successor to the H-4 helmet but it was a MSA design, the APH-5, that won the competition."

 

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WOW,

 

Thanks for sharing Babel. I am in the beginnings of collecting USAF - USMC - USN flight gear from the 50's - 70's. I am afraid that a collection of helmets like I see here are going to take me a LONG time to find. Especially at the "eBay price market" these days.

 

But, I am looking and gaining much wisdom from this web site and hope to find nice helmets like you displayed. Wonderful and GREAT pictures.

 

I have around 60-75 flight suits and only three helmets so far. and, one of them was mine from the Marine Corps! :rolleyes:

 

thanks again so much for sharing, gives me much motivation to keep looking!

 

r/Gunny Dan

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You know looking at the "sweat band" I almost don't think this helmet was ever worn flying! Talk about mint.

 

yes this was General Textiles entry into that competition, from my research of NATC BuAer/NAVAER in the 50's and 60's, (NAVAIR today) the helmet visor was a big No-Go from the test pilots. I have seen pictures of the helmet competition down at the PAX River Museum, I will ask to scan a couple and post them.

 

I also have seen a picture of this helmet in a helicopter book on the History of HMX-1 over in VA. Before they ran the president everywhere they did quite a bit of testing. I will track that down as well.

 

this helmet is going to keep me up all night!

 

AWESOME!

 

r/Dan

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You know looking at the "sweat band" I almost don't think this helmet was ever worn flying! Talk about mint.

 

yes this was General Textiles entry into that competition, from my research of NATC BuAer/NAVAER in the 50's and 60's, (NAVAIR today) the helmet visor was a big No-Go from the test pilots.

 

The visor on that DH-5 is a bear to get up. Notice the designation is handwritten on the label and it says "patent pending" which really speaks to the experimental nature of this one.

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Okay and here's the P-1B. These were used with goggles but could be modified, as this one was, to have the fixed visor.

 

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