Original U.S. Navy 1950s Gentex H-4 USN Flight Helmet with Original Labels
Original Items: Only One Available. This is an very good condition 1956-1964 USN size small (US 7 1/4, 56cm) Gentex H-4 helmet that comes complete with internal webbing and two original Gentex labels (one on liner and one on the shell). Helmet features original gold paint and USN / USMC Aviator wings to front. All parts are in very good condition.
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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