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Help with info on U.S. Army Air Force Leather Flying Helmet

Article about: What can you tell me about this item: It has a black woven label on the inside that reads following: Marked in Gold embroidery, Type A-11 Specification 3189 Size-Medium Stock No. 8300-396015

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    Default Help with info on U.S. Army Air Force Leather Flying Helmet

    What can you tell me about this item:
    It has a black woven label on the inside that reads following:
    Marked in Gold embroidery, Type A-11
    Specification 3189
    Size-Medium
    Stock No. 8300-396015
    Cent. No. (53-038) AC-3172A.F.
    The Selby Show Co.
    Property Air Forces, U.S. Army
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    The A-11 leather flight helmet was an intermediate helmet standarized in 1943 and was one of the most widely used in the ETO. The cushioned earcup mountings were made to fit the ANB-H-1 receivers. The first models had a liner made from the pelts of south african ans brazilian hair sheep, and were later substituted for chamois. The outer shell was usually made of sheepskin leather. The model A-11 flight helmet saw service in Korea too.

    I hope it helps. If you want to start collecting AAF items, I recommend the book "Combat flying clothing" by C.G. Sweeting. It is an awesome piece of literature.


    Regards,

    Gus

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    Gus, you have educated yourself quite well in that particular field.
    bssweeny that is a very nice example. It's too bad that there is some fraying below the left lower ear phone.

    Ty

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    bsweeney
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    Yes, too bad, seems a little leather rot there but all else is very tight and clean!

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    bsweeney
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    Default re: Help with info on U.S. Army Air Force Leather Flying Helmet

    Gus'
    Great description "THANK YOU"

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