Helmet, Flying, Type HGU-55/P, United States Air Force
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The Gentex HGU-55/P is the standard issue protective flying helmet for the United States Air Force. The helmet is light weight and provides improved peripheral vision from previous helmet designs. The helmet was customized for the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds with the unit insignia molded into the exterior shell of the helmet.
This particular helmet was worn by Maj. Nicole Malachowski, the first female pilot chosen to fly with Thunderbirds. She performed at over 140 events in the Number 3 slot during the 2006-2007 flying season.
This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA
Country of Origin
United States of America
PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear
United States Air Force Thunderbirds plastic protective Type HGU-55/P flying helmet; molded stylized red flames on a white helmet with four blue star pattern in between flames; red plastic visor cover with smoke gray plastic lens; U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds insignia on back of helmet (royal blue phoenix with yellow beak and eye, red disk for a body with a white five point star, four royal blue upper profiles of F-16 formation on white star; visor; grey leather lens cover with red embroidered lettering and insignia; black velcro chin strap; internal David Clark headphones; microphone plug left.
3-D: 25.4 x 24.1 x 30.5cm (10 x 9 1/2 x 12 in.) Materials
Outer Shell: Fiberglass
Ear Padding: Leather
Lining: Styrofoam Inventory Number
Donated by Maj. Nicole Malachowski
National Air and Space Museum
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