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

Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

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.