BACKGROUND: With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots, and gunners, soon discovered that appropriate protective flight goggles were a necessity due to the cold, sun glare 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 protective goggles for pilots were available which resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced or captured enemy protective goggles. Early in the war the Carl Zeiss optics firm of Jena developed specific protective flight goggles that became the standard pattern for other manufacturers. Further improvements and refinements of assorted protective flight goggles continued in the inter-war years and by the start of WWII there were no fewer then nine types of protective flight goggles available and nine main manufacturers including, Carl Zeiss, Ernst Leitz, Phillip Winter, O.W. Wagner, Nitsche & GŁnther, Knothe, Cellowaro, Bauer, Uvex and Auer. Of Note: Besides the goggles produced specifically for pilots the German armed forces also utilized a wide variety of other protective, special duty glasses and goggles for assorted personnel and various general purpose goggles with interchangeable lenses for use by all personnel as required. Because of the classic, "Aviator", style of most of the goggles, many of the general purpose goggles were, (and are), mistaken for flight goggles. Also Of Note: The Auer, model 295 protective flight goggles were primarily intended for use by personnel in open cockpit aircraft and as a result of the distinct possibility of losing the goggles in the slipstream, Auer produced a special version of the model 295 goggles that incorporated a separate chinstrap to be affixed to the headband to secure the goggles in place. The special, Auer model 295 protective flight goggles with the chinstrap were only produced in a limited quantities. This example consists of the standard pattern Auer model 295 goggles and the case for the special Auer model 295 goggles which incorporated the separate chinstrap.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Nice untouched goggles with original aluminum case. Rubber is a dry and cracking in a few spots. Complete with extra lenses and straps. Nice early 1935 date.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $595.00

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