RAF E-type Flying Helmet - Intermediate Patt.
Stores ref. 22c/744. Size 1 (61/2 - 63/4). Lightweight unlined 'airtex' cotton. Intended for Coastal & Transport Commands but saw wider use in tropical/desert regions. This example is an 'intermediate' pattern having early externally attached receiver carriers and no provision for internal wiring yet with the later elasticated webbing chinstrap. It shows use and wear but is undamaged and quite clean other than on the inner chamois 'donuts'. The receiver carriers are good and flexible and the chinstrap retains good colour and excellent elasticity. All straps are good and the press studs have most of the original coatings remaining. A good example of a relatively uncommon variant. Stock code HDF/1.