RAF Mk.3C flying helmet

RAF Mk.3C flying helmet

Code: H27644

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Labelled as a Mk.3A/3B, stores reference 22c/1365318 / 1301776.  Handmarked as a '3C' Size large.  The Mk.3C superceded the Mk.3A/3B type helmets and covered in one basic design, a helmet for aircrews concerned with low and high altitude (rotary and fixed wing) with or without ejector seats.  The shell was manufactured from moulded glass fibre woven cloth impregnated with polyester resin and lined with a shock absorbing layer of cork and an internal webbing cradle.  The helmet retains the original finish in olive drab green and a reflective tape cross.  There is minimal paint loss or damage and aside from minor crazing in places, the shell is excellent.  It has a stitched green edge-roll and black leather liner which although clean has lost much of the foam rubber backing.  This may have been removed/cleaned off as fortunately there is little of the debris and sticky dust associated with breakdown of the foam.  Strangely this helmet doesn't have the cork layer on the shell so the fibreglass is visible inside.  The webbing liner is good but the helmet has no avionics fitted.  The dual side mounted visor system is comprised of two injection moulded polycarbonate visors.  The inner, clear vision offers protection against blast and bird strike debris and has an adjustable lock.  The independently positioned outer is tinted for glare protection.  The clear visor is good but the tinted one has more scuffs and scratches but both are in good overall condition.  Marked/named to the rear with Dymo tape 'Davies' and 'UWAS' (University of Wales Air Squadron).  Display as is or this could be wired up with a loom, gel ear capsules etc.  A good example of this popular bonedome.  Stock code H27644.