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WWII US AAFi Summer Flight Helmet - Type AN H-15
World War Two witnessed great advancements in the field of aviation. faster, more maneuverable aircraft began to appear in the skies of Europe and the South Pacific. The new machines also spawned a new series of protective gear for pilots and crew. The flight helmet is one of those items.

The helmet featured here is a United States Army Air Force pilot's helmet. As issued in the South Pacific theater during World War Two.

The design of the helmet was not far from the WWI flight helmets. Some of the differences included the addition of electronics. As communication equipment (speakers) were built into the ear area. The units were placed inside of large plastic housings.

Of cotton construction. Khaki color. The helmet was very lightweight. It was developed for use in the hot, tropical combat zones. Snaps were riveted to each side of the face. This provided a place where the oxygen mask could be attached. a leather chin strap was employed to secure the helmet firmly to the pilot.

The body of the helmet has several cloth straps which helped route communication wires around the pilot.

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The flight helmet has a black tag with gold letters sewn to the inside. The tag reads as follows:

Spec AN-H-15
size medium
P.O. No (33-038)44 6447-AF
Bradey Goodwrich Inc.
Property of AF US Army

US headgear is currently being reproduced. It is becoming more difficult to be able to tell the fake ones from the real ones because the quality of the reproductions is improving. The collector must become familiarized with the construction style and materials employed in the manufacturing of this headgear. Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of the collectible.

If you have an interest is seeing other American military headgear, you can do so by going to our US Military headgear identification guide. Where we cover Army, Navy, Army Air Force and other organizations.


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Year 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
Value $120.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Availability Medium Medium Medium Rare Rare
Invest Grade A A A A A

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