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Capt. John Babel's Helmet

Capt. John Babel's Helmet

This helmet was worn during 1945-46 by Capt. John Babel, a test pilot of the P-80A. It was made at Muroc Flight Test Base from an AAF A-11 flying helmet and an Army tank helmet. A hard helmet was necessary to protect the jet pilot's head because of the buffeting encountered at high speed while flying through rough, turbulent air. Type A-13 oxygen mask and Type B-8 goggles were used with this helmet.
Galleries: National Air and Space Museum, Other Military Equipment
Keywords: aerospace, district of columbia, helmet, national air and space museum, smithsonian, testpilot, washington dc
Photo Location: National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Photographer: Chad Cullen
Date of Photo: 06/27/2009
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D
Exposure Time: 1/60
F Number: 4/1
Original Dimensions: 2696×4092
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'18.49"N 77°1'11.34"W
Picture Number: 8585