Original U.S. 1980s "Lucky Charm" HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with Single Visor and Chinese Mig-29 Oxygen Mask
Original Item: One-of-a-kind. The HGU-26/P request for nomenclature is dated Jan 14, 1970 and is based on the HGU-22/P Helmet Shell. There is no military specification detailing exactly what goes into an HGU-26/P but until the appearance of the single visor HGU-26/P both USAF and manufacturer information was consistent in describing the HGU-26/P as an HGU-22/P helmet shell with a PRU-36/P side-actuated double visor. Sierra Corp and Gentex Inc sold single and dual visor HGU-26/P helmets.
The HGU-2/P, HGU-2A/P and HGU-26/P helmets have been modified and upgraded to meet every user's whims over the years. The most common modifications are custom fit liners instead of the standard fitting pads and the single visor cover gull wing cut to improve the pilot's upward visibility. Both these features are included in the helmet prepared by Protection Inc. for the USAF Thunderbirds display team.
The customers would then install comfort liners, oxygen mask retention receivers and communications to suit their operational needs. The helmet circulated with US Armed Forces, NATO, FMS etc.
This example is on very good condition and consists of a Gentex manufactured HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with a Single Tinted Visor, which has been equipped for display with a Chinese MIG-29 YM9915G-2 oxygen mask. The entire helmet has been decorated in a very nice "LUCKY CHARM" design, with four leaf clovers and a lovely multi color paint job, accented with colored tape. The helmet itself looks to have never been issued, as there is no sign of wear, and the avionics were never installed. The SCOTT brand oxygen mask retainers are pretty much perfect, and the chin strap shows little to know wear.
The mask hooks in correctly, and the visor works great. A great display flight helmet from the 1980s, ready to add to your collection!
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