Helmet, Flying, Type 1-A, United States Army Air Service
The Type 1-A Flying Helmet was the first flying helmet standardized by the United States Army Air Service in 1917. It remained in use throughout the mid-1920s. This helmet was worn by Lt. Byron M. Bates.
Donated by Mrs. Mary E. "Mother" Tusch
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) Type 1-A leather flying helmet; slit back with laces for size adjustment; leather strap on top crown of helmet for size adjustment; molded leather ear cups; leather chin strap with slide buckle; leather straps with copper snaps by ear cup; molded fiber ear padding; orange sewn in manufacturer's tag on left inside of helmet (see Inscriptions for full text); etched text on left molded ear cup (see Marks for full text).
- Country of Origin
- United States of America
- Lt. Byron M. Bates
- Western Electric Co., Inc.
- PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
- Helmet Exterior Shell: Leather
- Lining and Ear Padding: Polished Cotton
- 3-D: 40.6 x 22.9 x 7.6cm (16 x 9 x 3 in.)
- Clothing Size: Medium