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The Gentex HGU-84/P Helmet was designed for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. The helmet provides protection and comfort for rotary wing air crewmen. This helmet was converted in the field with a custom digital desert camouflage cover.

This helmet was worn by the donor Capt. Matthew Dwyer. He was the first 1st Lieutenant selected by the Marine Corps to fly the MV-22 out of Marine Squadron VT-2 in Milton, Florida. He then received V-22 flight training in VMMT-204 in August 2006 and was assigned to VMM-162, the second operational V-22 squadron. He was then assigned as the Aviation Life Support Systems officer and deployed to Al Asad Air base in Iraq March-October 2008. He had the privilege of flying Barack Obama, then the Democratic presidential candidate, from Ar Ramadi, Iraq to Amman, Jordan, a flight only capable in a V-22 aircraft. Following his deployment and flying numerous combat missions in the Middle East, he was then deployed with VMM-162 (reinforced) as part of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2010 to Haiti for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief after the earthquake.

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
Type PERSONAL EQUIPMENT-Helmets & Headwear Manufacturer Gentex Corporation Physical Description United States Marine Corps (USMC) Type HGU-84/P protective flying helmet; white exterior shell covered with custom digital desert camouflage cover attached with Velcro strips; black leather interior liner; black nylon chin strap with steel ring attachment points; boom microphone with LED lip light connected to a two AA battery pack; black nylon battery pack attached with Velcro on back left of helmet; bayonet clip mounts for oxygen mask on front of mask; night vision goggle attachment point on front center of helmet; two gray smoked polarized visors with black elastic nylon straps and snap attachments; digital desert camouflage visor cover with Velcro attachment; embroidered digital camouflage name tag with brown embroidered text "LEASH" sewn on back of helmet alongside slightly damaged "15" mark. Dimensions 3-D (Helmet): 26.7 × 27.9 × 30.5cm (10 1/2 in. × 11 in. × 1 ft.)
Storage: 31.8 × 33 × 35.6cm (12 1/2 × 13 × 14 in.)
Materials HAZMAT: Cadmium Plating
Synthetic Fabric
Kevlar
Graphite
StyrofoamPlastic
Non-Magnetic White Metal Alloy
Steel
Adhesive
Exterior Shell: Laminate Graphite/Nylon (Graphlon)
Interior Lining: styrofoam
Liner: Leather covered thermoplastic
Inventory Number A20130075000 Credit Line Donated by Capt. Matthew Dwyer (USMC) Data Source National Air and Space Museum Restrictions & Rights Usage conditions apply
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