Aeronautical Headgear German
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Luftwaffe K 34 Flying Helmet
This pattern was constructed from the same pattern as the LKp S100 and made without any provision for communications and used in crews positions where radio equipment was not required or by those in training. This is the summer variant of the helmet, finished in 'salt and pepper' fabric whilst an identical pattern, designated K33, was offered with a brown leather shell and fleece linings for winter use. A further variant was made in grey leather for use by Me262 jet pilots This pattern was manufactured at least until 1943 and is a later example, having additional metal studs and brow hook fitted to enable 3-strap oxygen masks to be used.
This helmet remains in really excellent original condition with no damage or staining to the cloth shell or rayon lining. It carries a quality woven manufacturers label confirming it was made by B.Rawe & co of RHEDA (Westf), a textile company founded in 1896 and still in business today. The double leather chin and rear goggle straps are all very crisp and we can't find any issues at all to mention, other than very light service wear. Like the M-43 cap we have also listed today this helmet again matches the collectors criteria 'buy the best example you can afford'. Perhaps not the most sexy of the Luftwaffe wartime flying helmets but one that is often overlooked and is missing from many collections so grab this opportunity whilst you can!