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First Advanced Fighter Helmet

First Advanced Fighter Helmet

Made by Stefan A. Cavallo, test pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronatics at Langley Field, Va. In 1944, this helmet is constructed from a fiber glass miner's helmet and portions of a summer flying helmet. A type A-13A oxygen mask and Polaroid goggles were worn with this helmet during many flights in 1944-46. It is probably the first helmet to incorporate skull protection, oxygen, communications, and eye protection in one unit. Although not adopted for issue, it may have influenced the design of other hard helmets developed for jet pilots by the services after World War II.
Galleries: National Air and Space Museum, Other Military Equipment
Keywords: aerospace, district of columbia, goggles, hardhat, helmet, national air and space museum, oxygenmask, smithsonian, 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: 1/100
F Number: 4/1
Original Dimensions: 2853×3840
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'18.49"N 77°1'11.34"W
Picture Number: 8584