Stores reference 22c/2096. By Baxter Woodhouse and Taylor Limited. These flying helmets/bonedomes were used in the 1960s by Lightning pilots (amongst others) for high altitude flying in conjunction with a partial pressure Jerkin. The type 'E' consists of a helmet shell carrying an open pressure visor and a pressure bladder. The helmet shell is of white painted 'Durestos' with additional Terylene laminates for impact protection. The pressure bladder has two compartments moulded into one integral whole, consisting of an oxygen mask and a head-enclosing bladder fasened at the rear with head straps and a vertical zip fastener. The pressure bladder is fitted with a removable pure silk liner. Fitted with twin visors - the inner visor being a pressure type that seals to the helmet when closed. A manually operated anti-glare visor is fixed outside the pressure visor. Manufactured with a microphone and oxygen tube port with corrugated tube attached. Fully wired with wiring loom and NATO style plug. Central frontal hinged 'mouth opening' flap for eating, drinking, vomiting etc. The main shell is in excellent overall condition with just light marking and a few small chips. The rubber bladder remains very good and appears to be complete and fully supple. As with many bonedomes here is some shedding of 'dust' from inner foam padding. The silk liner is complete/undamaged and the zip fastener and rear straps are also excellent. Both visors are very good as is the oxygen tube bar a small 'kink' (see photograph). The helmet comes with the original issue pressed fibre transit case with internal plastic 'former', lock (no key) and leather carrying handle. Also with 2 sided sheet with maintenance and testing instructions. The original case label has the serial number '751' and this corresponds to the number painted on the helmet. Some damage to the base of the case. Overall this is an excellent used example of this extremely rare and desirable helmet. A fabulous looking item. Lots more photographs available on request. Stock code H23058.
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