Victory in the Pacific hinged on air power, as US Navy and Marine Corps fighter pilots battled Japanese Zeros in deadly dogfights over the Solomons, Leyte Gulf, and in the Great Marianas Turkey Shoot until air supremacy in the Pacific was won. Naval aviators of WW2 were issued the classic NAF 1092 leather flight helmet for wear in intermediate weather. Otherwise, the helmet is in excellent shape, with absolutely no rips, holes, tears, or other damage to the supple, pliant "pebbled" brown goatskin leather construction. Most interestingly, it boasts the original sewn brown leather ear cups with intact TELEPHONICS CORP. " ear phones, wiring, and end plug, sports the classic front bill, triple crown seams, and goggle retention tabs at back, and carries the traditional "NAF 1092 / B-G INC.
US Navy contract label inside. The helmet is a Size 7 1/8, stamped U. At the back left crown, and is complete with the original brown leather chin cup. It features a crisp, clean chamois lining, and is a beautiful example of a very rare, original US Navy USMC Marine WW2 CORSAIR HELLCAT PILOT WIRED NAF 1092 FLIGHT HELMET.
We have shown a photo of the legendary USMC ace Colonel John L. Smith in WW2 wearing a very similar flight helmet.
The item "US Navy USMC Marine WW2 CORSAIR HELLCAT PILOT WIRED NAF 1092 FLIGHT HELMET RARE" is in sale since Monday, June 21, 2021. 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.