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Original Soviet Cold War MiG-29 Fighter Jet Flying Helmet with Tint Visor & Oxygen Mask

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Original Item: Only One Set Available. This is a wonderful example of an early Soviet ZSH-3 Flight helmet set, it even comes with the tint visor and KM-32 Oxygen Mask. The helmet is approximately size 7⅛.

The increase in speed pushed for a higher level of protection, which was required, particularly, during ejection. The ZSH-3 became one of the first helmets that visually resembled modern devices, although, in fact, it was a separate helmet with folding flaps and an optical filter that was lowered manually if necessary. An inner helmet liner was worn, the general appearance of which has not changed much since WWII.

The helmet has cracking on the exterior finish as shown, and retains its interior leather pads. The visor functions well as intended. There is a name written in Russian on the front of the oxygen mask.

The Mikoyan MiG-29 (Russian: Микоян МиГ-29; NATO reporting name: Fulcrum) is a twin-engine jet fighter aircraft designed in the Soviet Union. Developed by the Mikoyan design bureau as an air superiority fighter during the 1970s, the MiG-29, along with the larger Sukhoi Su-27, was developed to counter new U.S. fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle and the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. The MiG-29 entered service with the Soviet Air Forces in 1982.

While originally oriented towards combat against any enemy aircraft, many MiG-29s have been furnished as multirole fighters capable of performing a number of different operations, and are commonly outfitted to use a range of air-to-surface armaments and precision munitions. The MiG-29 has been manufactured in several major variants, including the multirole Mikoyan MiG-29M and the navalised Mikoyan MiG-29K; the most advanced member of the family to date is the Mikoyan MiG-35. Later models frequently feature improved engines, glass cockpits with HOTAS-compatible flight controls, modern radar and IRST sensors, and considerably increased fuel capacity; some aircraft have also been equipped for aerial refueling.

Following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the militaries of a number of former Soviet republics have continued to operate the MiG-29, the largest of which is the Russian Air Force. The Russian Air Force wanted to upgrade its existing fleet to the modernised MiG-29SMT configuration, but financial difficulties have limited deliveries. The MiG-29 has also been a popular export aircraft; more than 30 nations either operate or have operated the aircraft to date, India being one of the largest export operators of the type. In 2013 the MiG-29 was still in production by Mikoyan, a subsidiary of United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) since 2006.

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