Helmet, Flying, Protective, Type P-1A, United States Air Force

This was the first type of hard helmet mass produced for standard issue to the United States Air Force jet crewmen to provide buffeting and crash protection. The original P-1 was introduced in March 1948. The P-1A, was identical except for a neck strap which was added to prevent the helmet from tilting up durin maneuvers. With the addition of a sun visor an improved earphones in 1952, the helmet was designated as the Type P-3. The Type A-13A oxygen mask was used with this helmet.

Donated by Fred Griffith

Physical Description:
United States Air Force Type P-1A Protective Flying Helmet; white fiberglass shell with leather strap webbing; brown rubber edge; leather oxygen mask straps with 3 snaps each; attached microphone cord in back of helmet; United States Air Force winged star insignia decal on front of helmet; natural colored cotton adjustable neck strap with snap.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Textile Mills, Inc.

Date
ca. 1949

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

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
Shell: Fiberglass
Liner Webbing: Leather
Earphone Pads: Chamois
Dimensions
3-D: 24.1 x 22.9 x 22.9cm (9 1/2 x 9 x 9 in.)

This was the first type of hard helmet mass produced for standard issue to the United States Air Force jet crewmen to provide buffeting and crash protection. The original P-1 was introduced in March 1948. The P-1A, was identical except for a neck strap which was added to prevent the helmet from tilting up durin maneuvers. With the addition of a sun visor an improved earphones in 1952, the helmet was designated as the Type P-3. The Type A-13A oxygen mask was used with this helmet.

Donated by Fred Griffith

Physical Description:
United States Air Force Type P-1A Protective Flying Helmet; white fiberglass shell with leather strap webbing; brown rubber edge; leather oxygen mask straps with 3 snaps each; attached microphone cord in back of helmet; United States Air Force winged star insignia decal on front of helmet; natural colored cotton adjustable neck strap with snap.

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
General Textile Mills, Inc.

Date
ca. 1949

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

Type
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear

Materials
Shell: Fiberglass
Liner Webbing: Leather
Earphone Pads: Chamois
Dimensions
3-D: 24.1 x 22.9 x 22.9cm (9 1/2 x 9 x 9 in.)

ID: A19800071000