Original U.S. Vietnam War Era HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with PRU-36/P Double Visor Flight and MBU-5/P Oxygen Mask

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 on very good condition and consists of a Sierra manufactured HGU-26/P Flight Helmet with PRU-36/P Double Visor Flight and MBU-5/P Oxygen Mask. The front of the helmet bears taped on lighting bolts and a flight wing insignia. Both clear and tin visor are complete and fully functional. Gas mask has some minot damage, liner is complete. General condition very good, with signs of use, age and wear.

Jet pilot helmets from the Vietnam was and early 1980s are very hard to find.
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