In four short years, the US Army Air Forces grew from a small air service to a mighty armada that swept the Luftwaffe from the skies, and was capable of projecting force on a global scale. AAF pilots of WW2 were issued the classic A-11 leather flight helmet for wear in intermediate weather. This US Army AAF WW2 PILOT A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET is in very good condition, with some light drying and wrinkling to the crown, missing the metal end tip from the chinstrap, and with some light overall age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the helmet is in fine shape, with absolutely no rips, holes, tears, or other damage to the tough brown capeskin leather construction.
Most interestingly, it's a Size Large, bears the classic "winged star" outline decal of the "ARMY AIR FORCES" at the left crown, and carries a "winged star" outline stamping at the right crown of the chamois lining. The helmet boasts 4 darkened brass "male" snaps along each side of the front, with a darkened brass oxygen mask snap-on hook at the right side and an additional "male" snap at the lower left side, sports black rubber ear cups and chamois "donut" interior ear pads, and features all of the original brass, metal, and leather fittings throughout. It exhibits the traditional front "bill", leather chinstrap with closure buckle, and TYPE A-11 / THE SELBY SHOE CO. AAF nomenclature label inside, and is a fine example of a rare, original.
US Army AAF WW2 PILOT A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET. The item "US Army AAF WW2 PILOT A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET LARGE Vtg Aviator Flying RARE" is in sale since Wednesday, September 11, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "abramsantiques" and is located in Claremont, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.