Item:
ONSV5695

Original U.S. WWII Army Air Forces Aviator A-11 Flight Helmet Set - A-14 Mask, ANB-H-1 Earphones, B-7 Goggles

Item Description

Original Items: Only One Set Available. Just purchased a recent military show! This is an amazing set, in wonderful condition and is just what the Aviators of the U.S. Army Air Forces used during WWII. It is comprised of the following items-

- WWII USAAF Leather flight helmet type A-11 made by THE SELBY SHOE CO. of  Corporation Inc Size MEDIUM offered in very good condition. It does show wear, but the chin strap is still intact, and the chamois liner is still in good condition.

- WWII ANB-H-1 Earphone Receivers by BEST MF'G CO. INC. of Irvington, New Jersey, with intact wiring. They are in good condition, though the end plug is missing.

- WWII USAAF Oxygen Mask Type A-10A manufactured by the Acushnet Rubber Co. in good condition. The contract number indicates it was manufactured around 1942. It comes with a box for for storage, but it is for a Type A-14 Mask. Still the spare parts for the harness snaps should work.

- WWII U.S.A.C. Pilot Goggles, Type B-7 by Chas, Fischer Spring Company, offered in good condition mounted with tinted lenses. The goggles have great lenses and clarity. Unfortunately however the rubber surrounds with chamois backing are now fully detached from the goggles, and the elastic is all but gone. The rubber used during WWII seldom lasts for decades intact, however some careful gluing could reattach the surrounds if desired.

An incredible excellent condition U.S. Army Air Force leather flying helmet set that will not be encountered again!

The Type A-11 intermediate flying helmet was standardized on August 6, 1943 and became one of the most popular and widely utilized helmets during World War II. There were numerous but minor changes relating to the oxygen mask attachments made during its production run but continued to keep the A-11 designation. The rubber earphone mountings were designated for the Type ANB-H-1 radio receiver. The helmet remained in Air Force service during the Korean War. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continued to use the helmet in high altitude training through the mid-1970s.

Physical Description:

United States Army Air Forces Type A-11 Intermediate Flying Helmet; seal brown cape leather exterior shell with black rubber earphone cups; missing black rubber earphone plugs or Type ANB-H-1 Radio Headphone Receiver; chamois lining and ear pads; cap leather and chamois buckle chin strap; turn down brow flap; three brass snaps for oxygen mask located on the left and right chin of the helmet; leather buckle strap on the back nap of the helmet to adjust the helmet size; three leather straps on back of helmet to hold the flight goggle's strap; double reinforced seam on each side of helmet; dark white sewn in manufacturer's tag on inside back neck of the helmet with embroidered red letter text; white stenciled Army Air Forces winged star insignia with white letter text "ARMY AIR FORCES" below insignia on left exterior side of helmet.

 

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