RAF Mk.1A flying helmet - early
By Helmets Ltd. of Wheathampstead. Unknown size but is small. Classic early bonedome worn in conjuction with the type F or G inner helmet that contained the avionics and to which an oxygen mask could be fitted. The MK.1A is a basic protective helmet in leather lined fibreglass. It has a simple nylon webbing suspension system fitted inside to give a comfortable fit over the inner cloth helmet (not supplied). The 1A was normally fitted with an anti-glare visor, comprising a centre rail attachment and mechanism with a replaceable tinted acrylic anti-glare screen. This example has never had the visor track fitted and the helmet is not drilled to accept one. This suggest that it is a very early Mk.1A that would have been used with Mk.VIII goggles or an early visor mounted via a strap fastened to press studs at the rear of the helmet. The silver paint finish is in reasonably good condition but has scratches and small chips. The rubber edge roll is complete but has some cracking in places. The lining is quite clean and marked with the name of the original owner. Very good chinstrap. Good '+' overall condition. Stock code H22127.