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 AN6540-2L leather flight helmet for wear in intermediate weather. This US Navy USMC Marine WW2 F4U CORSAIR F6F HELLCAT PILOT LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET is in near mint condition, with a small surface tear and some light crazing at the upper left ear, and with some light wrinkling evident to the chinstrap (ALL pictured). Otherwise, the helmet is in near mint shape, with no other damage to the supple, pliant "pebbled" brown goatskin leather construction.
Most interestingly, it's a Size Medium, boasts the original black rubber ear cups with chamois "donut" interior ear pads, and carries the classic "AN6540-2L / SLOTE & KLEIN" US Navy contract label on the crisp, clean chamois lining. " stamped at the back left crown, sports the traditional front bill, neck flap, triple crown seams, and goggle retention tabs at back, and features the original darkened brass "glove snap closure velour padded brown leather chinstrap. A beautiful example of a rare, original US Navy USMC Marine WW2 F4U CORSAIR F6F HELLCAT PILOT LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET.The item "US Navy USMC Marine WW2 F4U CORSAIR F6F HELLCAT PILOT LEATHER FLIGHT HELMET Vtg" is in sale since Friday, October 8, 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.