Up for auction is a super-nice Royal Australian Air Force zip ear flying helmet, a design closely patterned on the RAF's legendary B-type helmet. An example of this helmet can be seen on page 227 of Mick Prodger's excellent reference for collectors "Vintage Flying Helmets."
Made by Staggs in 1943, the helmet looks to be in excellent, un-issued condition. The exterior leather remains soft and supple and shows only minor scuffing from storage. The fact that the interior chamois lining is so clean leads me to believe that this helmet was never worn. All straps and buckles are intact and in good order. It appears the leather holding the buckle may have been replaced at one point, but the repair is virtually invisible and is good and solid (see photo). The size is not legible on the tag, but it seems to be a 1, or "small". However, it fits nicely onto a standard male headform and, as you can see, displays beautifully.
Importantly, the very-hard-to-find snap-in cheek protectors are present. These are very often missing and command a premium when you can find a set on the loose, which is rare.
This helmet is one you can not only display with pride, but wear with confidence on your next open cockpit flight.
Postage $7.50 to U.S. locations (insurance optional but recommended); $13.00 overseas.
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