These flying goggles were worn by Lt. Lewis Webster while participating on the aerial bombing test in the Chesapeake Bay in 1921. The 1st Provisional Air Brigade commanded by Gen. Billy Mitchell demonstrated the value of aircraft attacking surface warships. Webster piloted a Martin MB-10 and flew numerous strikes against submarines, destroyers, and most notability the U.S.S. Alabama. The back of the vest was signed by various members of the 1st Provisional Air Brigade.
Bequest from the Arthur L. Webster Estate
Country of Origin: United States
3-D Test: 20.3 x 2.5 x 5.1cm (8 x 1 x 2 in.)
Frames: Chrome Steel
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) flying goggles; chrome steel frames with clear glass lenses; one lens cracked and brittle natural rubber eye pads; khaki colored elastic adjustable strap; aluminum case.