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WWI Identified American Aero Squadron Leather Flight Helmet
Item #: AA2613
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This is a American "Aero Squadron" leather flight helmet used during World War I. At the turn of the century leather was becoming a popular choice for protective gear in motor sports and aviation. The leather helmets provided aviators protection from the cold and inclement weather. These leather helmets were warm, durable, waterproof, and were flexible enough to fit the individual's head comfortably. It also provided a limited amount of protection from the noise of the engines, and did not accumulate dust. Aero Squadron pilots were initially required to purchase their own flight helmets, and the AG Spalding Company was the largest maker of the protective flight helmets. This leather flight helmet is constructed of 6 light brown leather panels that meet in a central ridge that runs from the front to the back of the helmet to form the crest. Two horizontal brown leather panels are sewn to the bottom of the six panels to form the base of the helmet, and provide some neck protection. The leather is very supple and has no crazing. It is lined with a light tan chamois material. All stitching is tight and unbroken throughout the helmet. The leather chin strap is fully intact, the buckle functions normally. The ear openings have a leather flap that can be snapped closed to protect the ears. There are six different snaps found on the helmet, all are period correct. The helmet is identified to a Captain J.J. Murphy Jr. in tow places, one on the chin strap and inside the helmet. It is marked CAPT. J.J. Murphy Jr/Air Corps Resv./U.S. Army in both places. I haven't been able to find anything on Murphy, but I suspect he stayed with the Aero Service after WWI and continued to serve during the years between WWI and WWII. After WWI many of the Aero Squadrons were demobilized, but a few were retained and remained under the control of the Aero Squadrons until 1926, when the Army Air Corps was formed. This WWI American flight helmet is one of the best ones on the market right now, and will enhance any WWI aviation collection.
Shipping Weight: 2 lbs
Your Price $495.00 USD