Original French WWII Airaile Type 11 Armée de L'Air Flight Helmet
Original Item: Only One Available. In 1935 France commanded one of the largest military forces in the world although her flying helmets and goggles were somewhat outdated and based on WWI designs. Despite this, the Airaile 11 remained the standard issue pattern for the French Air Force during the 1930s and into WWII. A modified version of the same helmet was also issued to French Army paratroopers.
This helmet features two goggle snap up strap retainers, two lateral clips to attach the hooks of an oxygen mask, two snap up wire leads at the rear and an adjustable chin strap with a double-ring buckle. The inner lining consists of eight leather fingers which together with a string-adjustable opening at the rear allowed some size adjustment. Two small holes at the back provided some aeration. Unfortunately all strings for adjustment are no longer present.
Two front-sewn ear flaps were to accommodate radio receivers (normally of Ericsson or Elno design) and could be secured close by means of three snap fasteners.
Produced in large quantities, remaining stocks of this type of helmet were “recycled“ after WWII to be used by French paratroopers.
This example is in great condition and shows no signs of heavy use and wear but still in solid condition.
Comes more than ready for display.
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