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ONSV21SOS150

Original U.S. Vietnam War Era HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with Dual Visor and Oxygen Mask and Storage Bag

Item Description

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.
 
A modification kit known as PRU-36/P visor housing kit is to provide the same improvement in upward visibility as the gullwing cut on the single visor housing.  It can be supplied with tinted, gradient, clear or anti laser visors.
 
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 in good condition and consists of a HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with Double Clear and Tint Visors and Oxygen Mask. The shell is white. Both visors are complete and fully functional. Gas mask is also in very good condition. Inside of the helmet is in fair condition with most of the pads either missing or deteriorated, and also comes with complete ear cups. Size is approximately US 7 1/2 (60cm).
 
The plastic visor lens cover is cracked on the top and the helmet has alot of scratching all over the surface from wear, use and storage.
 
The carrying bag is dated 1967 and is offered in excellent condition with only minor color fading to the outside.
 
Flight helmets issued to jet pilot helmets during the Vietnam war and the early 1980s are very hard to find!
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