WWI US Civilian Flight Helmet -
The US military aviation was born during WWI. The introduction of this new technology created the
demand for new equipment for the pilots. The open cockpit design exposed the flyer to the elements.
The flight helmet was born. Jackets and
were also developed to provide extra protection.
The item featured here is a WWI private purchase flight helmet. Light canvis construction with leather
large brown leather ear pieces. A canvis chin strap is provided. Both ends are sewn to the helmet.
A metal buckle secures the chin strap in the closed position. This is a light weight helmet. khaki
color. No tags or markings are found.
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detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined
points that should be noted.
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A price guide is included here to address this question. The value of the hats and helmets
is reviewed over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth
of US militaria in the collector's market is illustrated.
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US headgear is currently being
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.
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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.