Helmet, Flying, Protective, Type HGU-20/P, United States Navy

The HGU-20/P Robert Shaw Controls Co. helmet differs from other protective flying helmets in that it is a closed type with a built-in oxygen system. It was intended to eliminate the need for an oxygen mask and to provide improved helmet retention under windblast. The helmet entered fleet testing in 1965 as was popular with attack squadron aircrews. However, it was withdrawn from service in 1971 because it restricted the pilot's vision in combat.

Transferred from the Department of the Navy

Physical Description:
United States Navy Type HGU-20/P Protective Flying Helmet; "clam shell" hinge designed helmet; white plastic outer shell with flip up clear plastic visor and smoked sun visor; black plastic liner adjustment knob on right side; visor knob on each side; helmet latch on each side; internal microphone; sage green nylon covered oxygen hose; orange and white striped reflective tape on helmet; United States Naval Aviator badge decale on front of helmet; black text "U.S. NAVY" decale below Aviator badge.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Robert Shaw Controls Co.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Jet Aviation

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
Outer Shell: Plastic
Helmet Lining: Styrofoam
Earphone Lining: Chamois
Face Ring: Rubber
Pad: Leather
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (11 1/2 x 12 x 9 in.)

The HGU-20/P Robert Shaw Controls Co. helmet differs from other protective flying helmets in that it is a closed type with a built-in oxygen system. It was intended to eliminate the need for an oxygen mask and to provide improved helmet retention under windblast. The helmet entered fleet testing in 1965 as was popular with attack squadron aircrews. However, it was withdrawn from service in 1971 because it restricted the pilot's vision in combat.

Transferred from the Department of the Navy

Physical Description:
United States Navy Type HGU-20/P Protective Flying Helmet; "clam shell" hinge designed helmet; white plastic outer shell with flip up clear plastic visor and smoked sun visor; black plastic liner adjustment knob on right side; visor knob on each side; helmet latch on each side; internal microphone; sage green nylon covered oxygen hose; orange and white striped reflective tape on helmet; United States Naval Aviator badge decale on front of helmet; black text "U.S. NAVY" decale below Aviator badge.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
Robert Shaw Controls Co.

Location
National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC
Exhibition
Jet Aviation

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
Outer Shell: Plastic
Helmet Lining: Styrofoam
Earphone Lining: Chamois
Face Ring: Rubber
Pad: Leather
Dimensions
3-D: 29.2 x 30.5 x 22.9cm (11 1/2 x 12 x 9 in.)

ID: A19800018000