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 WIRED A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET is in good condition, with some scattered drying, stiffening, and wrinkling around the exterior, a "female" snap permanently affixed to the "male" snap at the upper right front, missing the metal end tip from the chinstrap, and with some scattered age wear evident (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the helmet is in fine shape, with no other damage to the tough brown capeskin leather construction. Most interestingly, it boasts the original "ANB-H-1" black plastic ear phones with fully intact "Y" loom wiring and a "PL-354" red plastic end plug, and carries a darkened brass oxygen mask snap-on hook at each side of the front.The helmet is a Size Medium, sports black rubber ear cups with chamois "donut" interior ear pads, and bears the classic TYPE A-11 / THE SELBY SHOE, CO. Silver and black AAF nomenclature label inside.
It features a chamois lining, fully functional chinstrap, and all of the original straps, snaps, and buckles throughout, carries the iconic "winged star" silver outline stamping of the "ARMY AIR FORCES" at the lower right back, and is a fine example of a very rare, original. US Army AAF WW2 PILOT WIRED A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET. The item "US Army AAF WW2 PILOT WIRED A-11 LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET Vtg Aviator Flying RARE" is in sale since Saturday, March 31, 2018. 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.