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RAF type A flying helmet

RAF type A flying helmet

Code: H23399


'Helmet, Cork, Aviation'.  Stores reference 22c/13.  Size 67/8.  Issued to aircrews based East of Malta.  First issued in the 1920s and remaining in service until superseded by the cotton drill D-type flying helmet in 1941.  Manufactured from lightweight cork in the form of a pith helmet covered in light khaki coloured cotton drill.  These are fitted with earflaps in the same material, backed with chamois leather to which a chinstrap with pronged buckle closure is attached.  The earflaps fitted with pockets to take Gosport fittings or receivers.  Also has a concealed goggle strap at the rear, attached to the inner leather band.  The overall shape of this helmet is excellent and the fabric is very clean.  The earflaps and chinstrap are absent but their removal has been well executed leaving no signs they were ever in place.  Excellent goggle strap. Some wear and soiling to the lining but this remains good.  Very faint size and maker marks in the crown.  Excellent inner leather band with size and War Department broad arrow markings and 1941 date code.  This rare helmet has only seen light use and is an excellent display piece.  Would be twice the price in complete condition. Stock code H23399.