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ONCSS21020

Original German WWII Luftwaffe 57cm LKpW101 Winter Flying Helmet with Headphones & Goggles

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an very nice condition German WWII Luftwaffe Flieger Kopfhaube (Aviator Helmet/Hood), model LKp W101, complete with some very nice pilot's goggles. This is a helmet for winter, as indicated by the W. It is made of leather, with a very nice shearling lining, which has a chamois backed forehead area and neck straps. It even comes with original installed LN26602 headphones, though unfortunately the wiring for them has been removed.

The helmet still has a clear original manufacturers tag on the interior rear:

FL. Kopfhaube  Gr. 57
Baumuster LKp W101
Gerät - Nr  124-436 A
Werk - Nr   SAM 
Anf. Z    Ln 26618
Hersteller
Siemens - Apparate u.
Maschinen G.m.b.H.

Condition is very good, with the expected wear from service. There is definitely sweat and oil staining on the interior, on both the chamois and shearling. Both chin straps are still intact, as are both buckles.

The included goggles are French WWII Era "AIROPTIC" brand goggles, as marked on the bottom of the right side. This company was located in PUTEAUX - FRANCE, just west of Paris, which was in the German Occupation Zone during WWII. French optics were quite well regarded, so companies were pressed into service supplying Germany during the occupation. The goggles are in good shape, and show use like the helmet. They are clear tint, and have chamois backed foam rubber gaskets. The elastic securing straps still have a good amount of "stretch" to them.

This really is a nice medium size (57cm) example of a German WWII Flying helmet, complete with headphones and goggles. We don't expect to find another like this any time soon. Ready to add to your collection!

More on the Model LKP W-101:

A dark brown leather flying helmet lined with sheepskin or rabbit fur and made from the same basic pattern as the LKp W-100 but with new Siemens communications and improved insulation for better sound transmission. The major visible difference between this helmet and its predecessor was the design of the earphone housings and throat microphone straps. Instead of metal or plastic domes, the earphones were housed in hard rubber cups covered with dark brown leather which had a more streamlined appearance. The leather outer covering was designed with a recess at the top which helped secure the goggle straps in place. Sound quality was further enhanced by the installation of a translucent plastic membrane inside the helmet between the cushioned fleece lining and the earphone speaker. This served the dual function of filtering excess noise and keeping dust out of the sensitive electronics. The housing for the throat microphones on the LKp W-101 was also improved. Two straps containing the microphone contacts were linked by an inverted “T” shaped leather envelope at the nape of the helmet. This housing also served as the junction between the helmet’s internal wiring and the long cord and plug-in connector. The throat straps were adjustable on both sides by means of two small buckles, and once the correct sizing was achieved, could be quickly joined together at the front of the throat by one or two snap fasteners. Later examples of this helmet have been found with a friction release attachment for adjusting the tension of the throat microphones, although this is more commonly seen on the LKpN mesh flying helmets. The model LKp W-101 was produced with hardware for the three-strap oxygen mask, but many were modified to accept the two-strap mask by the addition of studs on either side of the helmet. Luftwaffe LKp W101 Flying Helmet.
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