Original U.S. Early Vietnam War USN Navy Pilot Gentex APH-5 Flying Helmet

Item Description

 Original Item: Only One Available. This is a 1960's early Vietnam War era United States Navy USN Helicopter Flight Helmet type APH-5 Helmet manufactured by GENTEX in size large. The helmet is in overall good condition with headset receivers, functional retractable tinted visor which is cracked.

The helmet was painted black for reasons unknown, the wearer more than likely wanted to change from the gold color. The original golden color can still be seen where some of the black paint chipped away.

This is a rare Vietnam War USN helicopter helmet in nice but used condition! Size is approximately a US 7 1/2 (58cm).

The US Army introduced their first flying helmet, the APH-5A or APH-5 Quartermaster helmet in 1959. It was an adapted version of the US Navy Aircrew Protective Helmet no. 5 (APH-5). The change was mainly in the communications system as the US Army used the same impedance standard as the US Air Force. With the introduction of the APH-5A the number of head injuries incurred during US Army aircraft accidents was reduced by half compared to the number of head injuries incurred before helmets were used.

The early examples of the APH-5A had the same thick foam rubber edge roll as the US Navy APH-5 and usually came in white color. Later examples had thin black rubber edge beading and usually came in olive drab color.

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