Original U.S. Navy 1950s Gentex H-4 Flight Helmet with Boom Mic and Googles
Original Items: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition 1956-1964 USN size medium Gentex H-4 helmet that comes complete with internal cloth helmet (size small) which contains the ear phones, boom mic, and special Polaroid B-8 googles. Helmet features original gold paint and USN / USMC Aviator wings to front. All parts are in very good to excellent condition. Also included is a wonder 8" x 10" an official Defense Department photo of a USMC flight cadet in this type of helmet during training in Pensacola, Florida. This is an incredibly rare set.
The H-4 features a rigid shell with reinforcing ridges and is constructed of a fiberglass cloth reinforced with epoxy resin. For this model a cloth inner helmet which incorporate the earphones was utilized. This was secured to the rigid shell by "pull the dot" snap fasteners on the cheek flaps and in some cases with additional straps attached to snap fastener in front and in the back of the rigid shell.
The H-4 was equipped with a boom mounted microphone M-6A/UR to be used below 10.000 feet. Above this altitude an A-13A or A-14 or MBU-3/P oxygen mask were used. Black rubber goggles B-8 with modified straps to be attached to snaps placed on the sides of the helmet shell below the adjustment webbing. The H-4 was used by USN and USMC pilots in the middle of the 50s into the early 60s.
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