L000769 "LKpS100" SUMMER FLIGHT HELMET. (Fliegerkopfhaube für Sommer mit FT-Gerät)

BACKGROUND: With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots soon discovered that appropriate protective headgear was a necessity due to the cold and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific headgear or uniforms for pilots were available. This resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced motor car helmets. These tight fitting, soft leather helmets proved to be ideal and future flight helmets were basically modified versions of the early motor car helmets. During WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then ten slightly different models of flight helmets with the main modifications being helmets issued for summer or winter wear and helmets with or without integral radio communication fittings. The LKpS100 model helmet was designed for summer wear.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Five panel, slightly mottled, tan linen construction summer flight helmet with integral communications equipment, sheet metal, and brown leather fittings and a brushed brown rayon lining. This example looks to have been converted to a crew version by removing the communications equipment. This would have been done to extend its service life after the introduction of the Lkps101. Nice makers label, and original owners name tag. Dated for 1937. Roughly a size 58. Scarce.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $495.00

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