Size 6, ?. '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 First issued in the 1920s and remained in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941.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 normally 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. This very unusual example is manufactured in a 'blue' cotton drill (blue/khaki fleck). Stamped internally with indistinct size details, manufacturer's markings (??, London) and 1928 (38?) date. The helmet is fitted with a brass South African Air Force cap badge and felt unit flashes attached to the grey puggaree. Light overall soiling/grime with some light mothing to the exterior. The 'earflaps' have more moth damage (see photos) and loss of some of the small 'eyelets'. The interior of the helmet is soiled and two of the webbing suspension tapes loose. Makes an excellent display piece. This is the first example of a 'blue' Type A helmet I have ever seen and is of extreme rarity. Stock code H15337.