This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
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The MA-2 Pressure Helmet was a standard type of high-altitude helmet worn above 50,000 feet and was used for many years with a variety of partial pressure suits. It was basically a soft helmet with a bladder to provide pressure, a detachable outer shell of rigid molded plastic to provide protection and retain the prssure within the defined area, and a transparent faceplate. This example was the spare helmet that belonged to Francis Gary Powers at the time of ill-fated reconnaissance flight in a Lockheed U-2B over the Soviet Union in 1960. The U.S. Air Force insignia normally worn on the front of the helmet was painted over and replaced with Powers' identification number "29".
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- Shell: Fiberglass
- Lining: Ruberized Nylon
- Face Mask: Lens Plastic and Aluminum Frame
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Gary Powers was wearing a MA-2 pressure helmet like this one, his spare, when his U-2 was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.