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USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« on: August 25, 2016, 07:02:39 AM »
The A11 was probably the most widely produced flying helmet of the USAAF during the war . Thus there were many contracts handed out and with that there became a few differences in construction of this helmet .

My thread here isn't as comprehensive as i would like , but i hope it gives an insight into a helmet ,which at first glance ,all look the same.

The examples pictured are from my collection .

First images show the differences of 3 helmets made by 2 different contractors  SELBY SHOE and J G MENIHAN

Note the press stud arrangement and the extra piece of leather on the J G MENIHAN contract (centre)
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Lefthand side view  , again the difference in the J G MENIHAN contract ,on how the backing piece of leather to the press studs is a lot bigger and of a different shape
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The buckle differences (right hand side )
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Lefthand side
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labels of the 3 helmets shown . Of note is the last label and how the Spec# was changed slightly to 3189 B because of the chin strap alteration from leather to an OD fabric neck strap
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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2016, 10:21:21 AM »
Excellent photographs Carl...well done that man!
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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2016, 11:42:56 AM »
I'm getting interested in adding to my collection of stuff.  Is the piece that holds the ear piece in rubber?

What would I need to complete a helmet to include the comm gear?

Thanks

Gary

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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2016, 12:59:21 PM »
Gary , I will get you you some info on completing an A11 set up if you would like ?
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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2016, 01:32:59 PM »
Gary , I will get you you some info on completing an A11 set up if you would like ?
LB

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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2016, 01:50:31 PM »
Not a problem!  Leave it with me  :)
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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2016, 04:32:41 PM »
Great condition also.
They look really good and thanks for the info. At first glance they do all look the same.
Lee

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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2016, 09:36:49 PM »
Excellent post LB :)
I know nothing about US aviation gear so thank you for the great information and photos! ;D
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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2016, 07:24:09 AM »
Thank you fellow members for the kind words.
I will be showing pictures , courtesy of member
Tom E Gunn of the A11 which became known as the A11a .

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Re: USAAF Type A11 flying helmet variations
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2016, 10:45:03 AM »
As promised, by courtesy of our glorious "Forum Executive Manager "  Mr  Tom E Gunn  ;) 

This is another variation of the A11 only slight though , notice the nape strap variation . The left hand side being of the buckle type ,and the right hand side being of an "elastic" nape , this particular type later became known as the A11a
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 . and sometimes this was printed, stamped in purple next to the nomenclature label

 
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