RAF D-type flying helmet, early patt.
Stores reference 22c/581-4. Unknown size but would guess '2', perhaps a '3'. Cotton canvas helmet intended for use in tropical/desert climates in the Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa etc and incorporating a neck flap at the rear to provide sun protection. The material is in very good overall condition bar light soiling/spot markings and a repair to the area supporting one of the oxygen mask studs (see photos). Good straps but the press studs lack the majority of their original coatings. The rubber receiver carriers on this first pattern helmet are stitched externally and have a large exposed 'flange'. They are in very good fully flexible condition. The helmet's satin lining is very good with only moderate even soiling - the inner donuts in this one are also satin covered (not chamois) and in good condition. Both felt panels (inner forehead area and back of chintab) remain in place, the former with some holes and wear (see photos). The leather chinstrap is good, retaining half of the metal end tip. The Bennett buckle is complete but lacks the leather covering. This helmet is studded for use with both the Type D oxygen mask and later E and G-series masks. Sold unwired and without receivers but these can be supplied separately if required. A good used example of this rare early variant. Stock code H19631.