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R.A.F. Type-A Flying Helmet

Size 6, 7/8. 'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'. Stores ref. 22c/13. Issued to aircrews based East of Malta. First issued in the 1920s and remained in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941. Manufactured from lightweight cork and in the form of a pith helmet covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill. Has earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached. The earflaps have pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers. Also has a concealed goggle strap at the rear, attached to the inner leather band. Stamped internally with size details, Air Ministry markings, Kings Crown and 1940 date. Light overall soiling otherwise in excellent used condition. A very rare helmet to find. Stock code H13978.