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Some of my WWII Naval Aviator flight helmets


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On 10/16/2020 at 8:08 AM, jerry_k said:

Tom, some delay at the post office?

 Nope, just taking my sweet time :)

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His Pay Entry Base Date is 4/28/1944.  His date of rank (ensign) is 1/30/48.  He was very young when he signed up

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Latest and greatest, 1092 leather helmet with acoustics earcups, modified goggle straps, oxy snaps. Well used. Doesn't get much better than that.

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5 hours ago, bazelot said:

Thanks. Unfortunately no.

Still, really nice, a lot of work put into that one, the pilot must have been pretty particular!

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On 11/10/2020 at 8:21 PM, Flightpath said:

Still, really nice, a lot of work put into that one, the pilot must have been pretty particular!

 

Yes, it is definitely unique. I didn't have one like that before

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Latest setup. You all know I have a nylon fetish. I cannot resist a nice nylon helmet with reinforced oxy snaps. Not common to see them, this is my latest setup displayed with newly acquired commercial MKIV goggles.20201120_095637.jpg.72d849092ecd75fab7a5746f6b3f4365.jpg20201120_095648.jpg.a6edfa41b99ad771df1f06e8bfe20a66.jpg20201120_095653.jpg.6de3a88a73fe6dc5bf7c791cdebaeb66.jpg20201120_095713.jpg.b083734ac4e35e099a393290a7541214.jpg20201120_095737.jpg.b1ff2be17e9245b39ab08d1f090219ea.jpg20201120_095742.jpg.971cb026b2eca1dfeae8ba80b3fc1f50.jpg

 

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Latest and greatest. This setup is one of the best helmets I have. Truly a unique setup. What we have here is a commercial deck helmet that has been heavily customized by adding a padded chinstrap with multiple rows of snaps for adjustment. Chinstrap is made of navy sail cloth and the material was also used for the added goggle straps in the back. Basically everything is customized on this helmet. Goggles came with it and have the initials JS on them. 

 

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What a beauty, the goggles are great too! The sewn in padding in the chin strap is a nice touch.

You must have a log of people on the lookout for you!🙂

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4 hours ago, Flightpath said:

What a beauty, the goggles are great too! The sewn in padding in the chin strap is a nice touch.

You must have a log of people on the lookout for you!🙂

Thank you. There is a display I just made of some of my best setups in my office.

 

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55 minutes ago, jerry_k said:

Any history of the helmet. How it went to Canada?

 

Cheers,

Jerry

Unfortunately no history whatsoever.

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2 hours ago, jerry_k said:

That is strange... heavy modified US NAVY helmet in Canada.... ?

It could have been a collector. If i go to France I will bring 200 flight helmets with me, THAT will be strange :)

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Where did I miss that the white deck rigger made helmet came out of Canada?  I can think of several reasons why such a helmet ended up or started life in Canada.  

 

After reading your comment it appears that you are at a crossroads; stay in the U.S. and enjoy your excellent collection or move to France without them. We aren't allowing you to move one of the best Navy Flight Helmet collection amassed to another country, besides we want you stay.   Gregg

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4 hours ago, gparlin said:

Where did I miss that the white deck rigger made helmet came out of Canada?  I can think of several reasons why such a helmet ended up or started life in Canada.  

 

After reading your comment it appears that you are at a crossroads; stay in the U.S. and enjoy your excellent collection or move to France without them. We aren't allowing you to move one of the best Navy Flight Helmet collection amassed to another country, besides we want you stay.   Gregg

Thanks Gregg. I hope you are doing well. I am staying put for now, we will see what the future brings. If I go to France I guess I will have to sell all of them to you, I can give you a bulk discount :)

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Next up is a AN6542 leather flight helmet equipped with the Aviometer mike. Aviometer mikes are hard to come by but even harder to find on a leather helmet. 

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Great looking helmet and setup.  It looks like the same mike setup as your Goldman helmet?  Another wonderful addition to your collection.  Thanks for posting, Gregg

 

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3 hours ago, gparlin said:

Great looking helmet and setup.  It looks like the same mike setup as your Goldman helmet?  Another wonderful addition to your collection.  Thanks for posting, Gregg

 

Thanks Gregg. Yes, exactly the same as the Goldman helmet but in leather.

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