US Military Aviation
Flight Helmets
Collection



The helmet can be considered the simbol of the pilot and togheter the other flight equipments it is one of the interface between Man and the aircraft.The flight helmet provide the pilot vital features as reducing the powerful engine noise to a confortable level and impact protection, its integrated components as comunication, oxygen mask holding capability and sun light/windblast protection visor or google are essential for the pilot survival during the fligh and the combat. Basically the jet age headgear is not only a helmet but a complete system indispensable for he pilots' life. The following original US flight helmets are part of my personal collection.





US Army Air Force AN-H-15 flight helmet with B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask (1946)

The AN-H-15 soft flight helmet was used at the end of WWII through the late 40s by US Army Air Force on several type of aircrafts like the P-51 Mustang




USAF early customized rigid flight helmet with B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask (1947)

This early customized rigid flight helmet was used during the late of the 40s by USAF pilot on P-80 Shooting Star




US Navy early customized rigid flight helmet with B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask. Naval Air Test Center (1947)

This early customized rigid flight helmet was used during the late of the 40s by US Navy pilot from NATC on early jet aircrafts like the FJ-1 Fury




US Navy H-1 (late version) flight helmet with dark visor customized from the B-8 goggles and MS22001 oxygen mask (1950)

The H-1 flight helmet was used at the end of the late 40s through the early 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the F2H-2 Banshee




US Marine Corps H-1 (late version) flight helmet with P-3 visor (1951)

This H-1 flight helmet was used during the early of the 50s by US Marines pilot Lt. James J. O'Reilly of the VMF-311 Hell's Belles on F9F-2 Panther




US Navy H-2 flight helmet with B-8 goggles and A-14 oxygen mask. Naval & Marine Air Reserve NAS Norfolk (1951)

This H-2 flight helmet was used at the beginning of the 50s by US Navy pilot LCDR James Edward O'Donnel on F8F Bearcat




US Navy H-3 flight helmet with H-1 or H-2 style avionics, B-8 goggles and A-13A oxygen mask (1952)

The H-3 flight helmet was used during the early 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the F3D-2 Skyknight




US Navy H-3 flight helmet with modified B-8 goggles and A-13A oxygen mask (1953)

The H-3 flight helmet was used during the early 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the F9F-2 Panther




USAF P-1A flight helmet with P-3 visor and MS22001 oxygen mask. 62nd Fighter Squadron on F-86D Sabredog (1953)

This P-1A flight helmet was used by USAF pilot of the 62nd Fighter Squadron on F-86D Sabredog in 1953




US Navy P-1B flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. Naval Reserve NAS Minneapolis (1954)

This P-1B flight helmet was used during the middle of the 50s in the US Navy Naval Reserve in Minneapolis on USN reserve aircrafts or traineer like the TO-2 (TV-2) Shooting Star




US Marine Corps P-1A flight helmet with P-3 visor and MS22001 oxygen mask. VMF-115 Able Eagle on F9F-2 Panther (1954)

This P-1A flight helmet was used during the middle of the 50s by US Marines pilot of the VMF-115 Able Eagle on F9F-5 Panther




US Navy H-4 flight helmet modified B-8 goggles and MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-91 Red Lightining on F9F-6 Cougar (1954)

This H-4 flight helmet was used during the middle of 50s by US Navy pilot of the VF-91 Red Lightining on F9F-6 Cougar




US Navy H-4 flight helmet with P-3 visor and MS22001 oxygen mask (1954)

The H-4 flight helmet was used during the middle of 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the F7U-3 Cutlass




US Marine Corps H-4 flight helmet with b-8 goggles and MS22001 oxygen mask. VMF-122 Candystripers on FJ-2 Fury (1955)

This H-4 flight helmet was used during the middle of the 50s by US Marines pilot of the VMF-122 Candystripers on FJ-2 Fury




US Navy H-5 flight helmet with modified B-8 goggles and MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-121 Pacemaker on F9F-8 Cougar (1955)

This H-5 flight helmet was used during the middle of the 50s by US Navy pilot of the VF-121 Pacemaker on F9F-8 Cougar




US Navy H-5 flight helmet with nuclear flash protective goggles and and A-13A oxygen mask. This rare helmet is the later evolution of the H serie. It was used for a very short time during the middle 50s (1956)

The H-5 flight helmet was used during the middle of 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the medium bomber AJ-2 Savage




Gentex DH-5-3 flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. This very rare helmet has been evaluated from US Navy and USAF as replacement for the H and P models, but eventually it never reached the operational service being the more advanced MSA-N2 (APH-5) and HGU-2/P models already available in the same period (1956)




USAF MB-5 High Altitude Partial Pressure flight helmet (1956)

The MB-5 partial pressure helmet and relevant suits has been used by USAF during the second half of the 50s in several type of operative and experimental aircrafts like the X-1E.




US Navy APH-5 (early version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. (1957)

The APH-5 flight helmet was used during the second half of the 50s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the FJ-3M Fury




US Navy MSA-N2 (very early APH-5), retrofitted with APH-5 interim version bayonet receivers, flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-74 Be-Devilers on F4D-1 Skyray (1958)

This MSA-N2 (very early APH-5) flight helmet was used during the second half of the 50s by US Navy pilot of the VF-74 Be-Devilers on F4D-1 Skyray




US Navy APH-5 (early version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-32 Swordmen on F8U-1 Crusader (1958)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the late of the 50s by US Navy pilot of the VF-32 Swordmen on F8U-1 Crusader




US Navy MK III MOD 0 High Altitude Full Pressure flight helmet. Naval Air Development Center on F8U-1 Crusader (1958)

This MK III Full Pressure helmet and relevant suit was tested during the late of the 50s by US Navy pilot of the NADC on F8U-1 Crusader
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US Navy P-4B flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF(AW)-3 Blue Nemesis on F4D-1 Skyray (1959)

This P-4B flight helmet was used during the late of the 50s by US Navy pilot LT. W.B. Shirley of the VF(AW)-3 Blue Nemesis on F4D-1 Skyray
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US Navy APH-5 (interim version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-61 Jolly Rogers on F3H-2M Demon (1959)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the late of the 50s by US Navy pilot of the VF-61 Jolly Rogers on F3H-2M Demon




3BM TOP TEX flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. McDonnell Test pilot Maj. Robert L. Sharp (1960)

This 3BM TOP TEX flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by McDonnell Test pilot Maj. Robert L. Sharp on several type of aircrafts like the XF-101A Voodoo




US Navy APH-5 (interim version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-33 Astronauts on F11F-1 Tiger (1960)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the VF-33 Astronauts on F11F-1 Tiger




US Navy MK IV MOD 1 High Altitude Full Pressure flight helmet. (1961)

The MK IV full pressure helmet and relevant suit was used during the late of the 50s and early of the 60s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the A3J-1 Vigilante




US Navy APH-5 (interim version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. Naval Air Test Center on F4H-1 Phantom II (1961)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the NATC on F4H-1 Phantom II




USAF HGU-2/P flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. (1961)

This HGU-2/P flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by USAF pilot on F-104A Starfighter




US Navy APH-5 (late version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-162 Hunters on F-8A Crusader (1963)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the VF-162 Hunters on F-8A Crusader




US Navy APH-5 (late version) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-1111 Sundowners on F-8D Crusader (1963)

This APH-5 flight helmet was used during the early of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the VF-111 Hunters on F-8D Crusader




US Navy APH-6B (with late APH-5 bayonet receivers) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. (1965)

The APH-6 (with late APH-5 bayonet receivers) flight helmet was used during the middle of 60s by US Navy on several type of aircrafts like the A-4 Skyhawk




US Navy APH-6 flight helmet with USN variant of early MBU-5/P oxygen mask. VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-4B Phantom (1966)

This APH-6 flight helmet was used during the middle of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-4B Phantom II




USAF HGU-2A/P flight helmet with early MBU-5/P oxygen mask. on F-4 Phantom II (1967)

This HGU-2A/P flight helmet was used during the late of the 60s by USAF pilot or WSO on F-4 Phantom II




US Navy APH-6C flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-111 Sundowners on F-8H Crusader (1969)

This APH-6C flight helmet was used during the late of the 60s by US Navy pilot of the VF-111 Sundowners on F-8H Crusader




US Navy APH-6A flight helmet with USN variant of MBU-5/P oxygen mask. VF-114 Aardvarks on F-4J Phantom II (1970)

This APH-6A flight helmet was used during the early of the 70s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VF-114 Aardvarks on F-4J Phantom II




USAF Custom fit HGU-2A/P flight helmet with MBU-5/P oxygen mask. 45th TRS on RF-101C Voodoo (1970)

This Custom fit HGU-2A/P flight helmet was used during the early of the 70s by USAF pilot of 45th TRS on RF-101C Voodoo




US Navy APH-6B flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-43 Challengers on A-4F Skyhawk (1973)

This APH-6B flight helmet was used during the early of the 70s by US Navy pilot of the VF-43 Challengers on A-4F Skyhawk




US Navy APH-6A (OMNITECH double visor) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VA-105 Gunslingers on A-7E Corsair II (1974)

This APH-6A (OMNITECH double visor) flight helmet was used during the middle the 70s by US Navy pilot of the VA-105 Gunslingers on A-7E Corsair II




US Navy Custom fit APH-6 flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-111 Sundowners on F-4N Phantom (1975)

This APH-6 Custom fit flight helmet was used during the middle of the 70s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VF-111 Sundowners on F-4N Phantom




US Navy Custom fit APH-6 flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat (1979)

This APH-6 Custom fit flight helmet was used during the late of the 70s by US Navy pilot of the VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat




US Navy Custom fit APH-6 flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VX-4 Evaluators on F-14A Tomcat (1979)

This APH-6 Custom fit flight helmet was used during the early of the 80s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VX-4 Evaluators on F-14A Tomcat




US Navy Custom fit APH-6 (swing-a-line bayonet receivers) flight helmet with MS22001 oxygen mask. VF-142 Ghostriders on F-14A Tomcat (1981)

This APH-6 Custom fit flight helmet with swing-a-line bayonet receivers was used during the early of the 80s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VF-142 Ghostriders on F-14A Tomcat




US Navy Custom fit APH-6 flight helmet with US Navy variant of MBU-12/P oxygen mask. VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat (1981)

This APH-6 Custom fit flight helmet was used during the early of the 80s by US Navy RIO of the VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat




USAF HGU-26/P flight helmet with MBU-5/P oxygen mask (1982)

The HGU-26/P flight helmet was used during the 80s by USAF on several type of aircrafts like the A-10 Warhog




US Navy HGU-34/P flight helmet with MBU-14/P oxygen mask. VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat (1983)

This HGU-34/P flight helmet was used during the early of the 80s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VF-84 Jolly Rogers on F-14A Tomcat




US Navy HGU-33/P flight helmet and MBU-12/P oxygen mask. US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) on F-5E Tiger (1984)

This HGU-33/P flight helmet was used during the middle of the 80s by US Navy "TOPGUN" Instructor on F-5E Tiger




US Navy HGU-44/P flight helmet with MBU-14/P oxygen mask. VAQ-309 Axemen on EA-6A Electric Intruder (1985)

This HGU-44/P flight helmet was used during the middle the 80s by US Navy pilot or NFO of the VAQ-309 Axemen on EA-6A Electric Intruder




US Navy HGU-34/P (converted in HGU-55/P Style) flight helmet and MBU-12/P oxygen mask. US Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) on F-16N Viper (1990)

This HGU-34/P flight helmet was used during the early of the 90s by US Navy "TOPGUN" Instructor on F-16N Viper




US Navy HGU-55/P flight helmet with MBU-14/P oxygen mask. VF-41 Black Aces on F-14A Tomcat (1992)

This HGU-55/P flight helmet was used during the early of the 90s by US Navy pilot or RIO of the VF-41 Black Aces on F-14A Tomcat




USAF HGU-55/P flight helmet with MBU-19/P chemical and biological oxygen mask. 492nd FS The Bolars (1994)


USAF HGU-55/P flight helmet with MBU-19/P chemical and biological oxygen mask, "banana clip", NVG mounting bracket and AN/AVS-9 Night Vision Googles

This chemical and biological flight equipment was used during the middle of 90s by USAF pilot or WSO of the 492nd FS on F-15E Strike Eagle




NASA customized flight helmet based on PRK-37/P shell with double visor and MBU-12/P oxygen mask. NASA JSC on T-38 Talon (1995)

This customized flight helmet based on PRK-37/P shell flight helmet was used during the middle of the 90s by NASA pilot or Astronaut on T-38 Talon




US Navy HGU-68/P flight helmet with MBU-23/P oxygen mask. VAQ-135 Black Ravens on EA-6B Prowler (2000)

This HGU-68/P flight helmet was used during the 2000 by female pilot or NFO of the VAQ-135 Black Ravens on EA-6B Prowler




US Marine Corps HGU-84/P flight helmet with MBU-23/P oxygen mask on V-22 Osprey (2008)

This HGU-84/P flight helmet was used during the 2008 by US Marines pilot on V-22 Osprey




US Navy HGU-68/P flight helmet with MBU-23/P oxygen mask. On T-45 Goshawk (2010)

This HGU-68/P flight helmet was used during the 2010 by pilot or NFO student on T-45 Goshawk




US Navy HGU-68/P flight helmet with MBU-23/P oxygen mask. VFA-103 Jolly Rogers on F/A-18F Super Hornet (2010)

This HGU-68/P flight helmet was used during the 2010 by pilot of the VFA-103 Jolly Rogers on F/A-18F Super Hornet