Helmet, Flying, Type B-3, United States Army Air Corps


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 is an example of a Type B-3 flying helmet issued the United States Army Air Corps. The Air Corp classified a summer helmet with an "A" and a winter helmet with a "B" designation. The Type B-3 flying helmet was used longer than anyother winter flying helmet by the U.S. Army Air Corp. It was standardized on August 2, 1925 and finally declared obsolete on March 31, 1944.

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Physical Description

United States Army Air Corps Type B-3 flying helmet; brown leather exterior shell with chamois lining; chamois ear muffs; buckle chin strap; manufacturer's tag sewn on inside with Spalding winged globe logo; yellow embroidered text "A.G. SPALDING & BROS. AVIATION CLOTHING, MFRS. OF U.S.A.S. DESIGN".

Credit Line

Donated by A. G. Spalding & Brother Manufacturing Co.

Country of Origin

United States of America


  • Overall: Leather
  • Lining: Chamois


  • Clothing: 17.8 × 20.3 × 25.4cm (7 × 8 × 10 in.)
  • Clothing Size: 7 1/8

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum