Aeronautical Headgear North American
Stock No. 6528
Price = n/a
USAAF A-9 Summer Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture

USAAF A-9 Summer Flying Helmet

mint and probably unissued example. The A-9 was virtually identical to the factory modified A-8 and was essentially an emergency procurement item first issued just 17 days after the USA entered WW11. This example is fitted with 5 hooks to take the A-10 oxygen mask. No communication equipment is fitted and the helmet remains exactly as it left the factory in 1942 against order no 42-19386 P. The draw strings for adjusting the fit are still in place and the goggle snaps are perfect. The leather chin strap is shearling lined for added comfort and stamped on the inside AN. The interior of the helmet carries a woven label and the size is a Medium;‘powder puff’ pads are fitted for ear comfort but can be easily removed if communication equipment was added. This is a text book example of this modest but important Army Air Force summer flying helmet from WW11 which would be impossible to upgrade