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RAF, 1941, EARLY WW2 C TYPE FLYING HELMET HEADGEAR SET

From my private collection is this early WW2 RAF headgear set dating from 1941.


The set comprises of an early, first pattern C Type Flying Helmet wired with the 10A/7063 receivers and Type 26 microphone assembly, fitted to a Type E Oxygen Mask. The E Mask was the first rubber mask introduced by the Air Ministry. Early versions like this utilised a flimsy leather strap arrangement to hold them in place, found to be unsatisfactory for pilots pulling high-G turns.


The C Type Helmet has been fitted with adaptor plates for the Mark IV Series Goggles, and is shown with a pair of Mark IVB Goggles and the third-iteration “Screen, Antiglare” (flipshield) with the short exposed spring mechanism (now very rare to find).


The oxygen hose has been fitted with the Mark IVA adaptor to enable it to be connected to a short adaptor tube and 6D/101 connector for use with the constant-flow oxygen systems found on older aircraft. These early braided hoses are very hard to find these days.


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