RAF D Type canvas tropical flying helmet with zip ears and fully wired
This pattern of helmet was intended for aircrew use in hot climates. A leather flying helmet would be very hot, making it impracticable for the pilot to wear.
Air Ministry stores Ref. No. 22C/970.
Fitted with an excellent light brown flecked coloured internal wiring loom, and bakelite jack/bell plug and a very good pair of type 32 earphone receivers, leather zip ear coverings and very good internal sponges.
The helmet outer is made from a robust tan cotton fabric and incorporates a neck flap for sun protection, which is in an excellent condition. The elastic chin strap is in an excellent condition.
The inside is lined with a cream coloured silk fabric which helps to keep the pilot's head cool. This is in a good and clean condition (see photos). It is a rubber stamped with an Air Ministry Ref. No.
A superb example of this rare FAA type of flying helmet.
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