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The Type 1-A Flying Helmet was the first flying helmet standardized by the United States Army Air Service in 1917. It remained in use throughout the mid-1920s. This helmet was worn by Lt. Byron M. Bates.

Display Status This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
Object Details
Country of Origin United States of America Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear Manufacturer Western Electric Co., Inc. Physical Description United States Army Air Service (USAAS) Type 1-A leather flying helmet; slit back with laces for size adjustment; leather strap on top crown of helmet for size adjustment; molded leather ear cups; leather chin strap with slide buckle; leather straps with copper snaps by ear cup; molded fiber ear padding; orange sewn in manufacturer's tag on left inside of helmet (see Inscriptions for full text); etched text on left molded ear cup (see Marks for full text). Dimensions 3-D: 40.6 x 22.9 x 7.6cm (16 x 9 x 3 in.)
Clothing Size: Medium
Materials Helmet Exterior Shell: Leather
Lining and Ear Padding: Polished Cotton
Inventory Number A19500113000 Credit Line Donated by Mrs. Mary E. "Mother" Tusch Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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