FAA C Type Flying Helmet
The Fleet Air Arm variant of the standard C type helmet remains one of my favourites. Often mistaken for the B type it features the classic zip ear receiver cups and has the facility for Gosport tubes to be fitted as well for use for talk between crew members on aircraft such as the Swordfish. This example is the second pattern internally wired helmet and is fully wired with 10A/13466 pattern receivers fitted as well as a near mint loom and bell jack plug. Both receiver zips carry the original leather pull tab and are in good working order. Receiver foams are not fitted but could be added to this helmet to give the cups a better shape The helmet shell leather is generally sound with minor lifting to the finish on the rear of the helmet. All snaps are in working order and the oxygen mask clip is in place to take E*, G or H pattern oxygen masks. The shell carries a crisp broad arrow property mark and 22C.NIV stamp. Inside the lining is equally clean with signs of light use only. The velvet brow pad is in perfect condition. Whilst no size is marked the helmet seems to be a roomy 4 so a real bonus to find a scarce large size. The elastic chin strap is a little distorted but still displays well. Whilst not mint this is a great example of an issued helmet and would sit happily in any collection. More detailed pictures are available on request.