US Air Force Pilot Grouping Including Helmet -
A Flight helmet, sometimes nicknamed a "bone dome", is a special type of helmet worn by some sorts of aircraft pilots, particularly military pilots. It includes a visor for protection from the sun and from windblast in case of an ejection and an oxygen mask for protection against hypoxia in high altitude flight and communications equipment that can interface with the aircraft's radios and intercom.
This page features a Vietnam war pilot grouping. Including the following items:
flight helmet, flight suit, navigation related tools.
The helmet is built of light weight foam and fiberglass. The visor has three lense components. The
color of the lenses range from clear to very dark. A heavy duty plastic chin strap secures the
helmet firmly to the pilot. Oversize ear sections ensure that electronic equipment
can be secured within the main structure.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for US hats and helmets. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined
points that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my US headgear worth?".
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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The helmet has a three lense visor system. One visor is clear. This is used during normal operations.
The other two visors have different levels of shading. They are used under sunny conditions. These
features allow the pilot to maintain visibility under adverse consitions.
The body of the helmet is white with orange stripes. It is customary for pilots to adorn their
helmets with colorful designs.
The inside of the helmet is heavily padded and has leather components. The helmet is designed to
fit in a snug fashion to better protect the pilot under jarring movement.
US headgear in general 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.
Attention to the details is critical in order to be able to determine the authenticity of
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.