L007679 "FK33" WINTER FLIGHT HELMET WITH GOGGLES. (Fliegerkopfhaube für Winter ohne 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 FK33 model helmet was designed for winter wear and was without radio equipment as used by bomber crews, and for training in gliders and aircraft without radios.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Grey leather construction flight helmet without radio equipment and with steel and metal alloy fittings. The helmet features five leather panels with two panels to each side and a central panel running from the nape of the neck to the forehead section. The top central panel has a partially tunnel looped, adjustable brown cotton strap with an HBT, (Herring Bone Twill), weave, a steel gripper length adjustment buckle and an opened steel loop at the forward edge for attaching the oxygen mask. The reverse side panels each have a vertical leather strap with a single metal snap closure and a horizontal leather retaining loop designed to secure the goggles in place. The forward side panels each have three vertically aligned, inset, sheet metal grommets designed to accepted a single, screw in, stud to each side for fastening the oxygen mask with the remaining two grommets available for fit adjustment. The central grommets to each side have a screwed in aluminum oxygen mask attachment stud. The bottom edges of the forward side panels each have an extended, vertical, chinstrap with corresponding pronged, sheet metal length adjustment buckles and horizontal leather retaining loops The forward left side panel of the helmet also has a small horizontal slash to pass the right side chinstrap through before buckling for a secure closure. The interior of the helmet is fully lined in white fleece with a small strip of light tan chamois fabric at the forehead section. The interior of the helmet has a white rayon tag with maker label and is also size marked "54". Chinstrap in nicely LBA marked and dated for 1942. The helmet is in overall very good, clean, condition with minimal chafe wear to the exterior and the leather is still quite supple. Comes with a nice original pair of 1940 dated 306 model flight goggles.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $952.00

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