RAF 1930 pattern flying helmet
Stores reference 22c/51. Chestnut brown leather helmet with a chamois lining. Wide leather chin strap with a simple friction buckle fastening. Single rear goggle strap. This example has been fitted with chamois lined earflaps, stores reference 22c/57, for use with radio equipment or Gosport earpieces. The leather is in excellent supple condition retaining much of the original chromed finish. The earflaps are equally good and the lining is reasonably clean. Also fitted with bakelite receiver carriers, stitched in place beneath the earflaps. The area around the carrier was padded with sorbo rubber between the lining and helmet shell. This now feels hard/crumbly as is usual with these helmets. The chinstrap is strong and the leather covered buckle quite good. There is a faded label in the crown of the lining and a faint Air Ministry mark plus names of previous owners. The 1930 pattern helmet replaced the MK.1 used by the RFC during the Great War and is also the forerunner of the type B introduced in 1935. A good '+' to very good used example of this early RAF helmet. Stock code H15809.