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VTAS Helmet

VTAS Helmet

VTAS (Visual Target Acquisition Set) is the first helmet-mounted sight system introduced for use with an operational fighter, the U.S. Navy F-4 Phantom II. Developed by the Honeywell Co. and adopted in March 1972, the system provides an arrangement that allows the pilot to aim the aircraft weapons system by looking at the target. The pilot wears an HGU-30/P helmet with a "Granny Glass" attached in front of his right eye. The glass provides a reticule display which is used to sight the target and aim the helmet and various components of the weapons system. The VTAS I was replaced by the more advance VTAS II system in September 1975. The Type A-13A oxygen mask is worn with this helmet.
Galleries: National Air and Space Museum, Other Military Equipment
Keywords: aerospace, district of columbia, honeywell, national air and space museum, oxygenmask, phantom, smithsonian, vtas, 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: 1/40
F Number: 4/1
Original Dimensions: 2704×3641
Picture Orientation: Portrait
GPS Coordinates: 38°53'18.49"N 77°1'11.34"W
Picture Number: 8586