Original Imperial Japanese WWII Navy Air Service Aviator Goggles with Box
Original Item: Only One Set Available. The Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service was the air arm of the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN). The organization was responsible for the operation of naval aircraft and the conduct of aerial warfare in the Pacific War.
The Japanese military acquired their first aircraft in 1910 and followed the development of air combat during World War I with great interest. They initially procured European aircraft but quickly built their own and launched themselves onto an ambitious aircraft carrier building program. They launched the world's first purpose-built aircraft carrier, Hōshō, in 1922. Afterwards they embarked on a conversion program of several excess battlecruisers and battleships into aircraft carriers. The IJN Air Service had the mission of national air defense, deep strike, naval warfare, and so forth. It retained this mission to the end.
These goggles are the classic “cat eye” type of goggles worn by both Army and Naval aviators during WWII. Maroon color aluminum frames with brown velvet face pads. Maroon cloth headband strap is original and complete. Lenses are mostly clear but both have a spidering effect on the finish. Comes complete with the original case. Offered in excellent condition.
A wonderful set that will be a focal point of any WWII Japanese aviator collection.
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