Helmet, Flying, United States Air Mail, Lieutenant James C. Edgerton


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:

Air Mail Pilot’s Coat and Helmet

Lt. James Edgerton flew the mail from Philadelphia to Washington during the first scheduled air mail flight on May 15, 1918. He wore this helmet and coat during that flight. Edgerton left the Army in 1919 and became the Chief of Flying for the U.S. Air Mail Service.

Gift of James C. Edgerton

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

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

Credit Line

Donated by Lt. James C. Edgerton


  • Overall: Coated fabric
  • Lining: Wool
  • Snaps: non-magnetic white metal alloy, iron alloy, fabric, plastic


Clothing (On Mannequin): 41 × 19 × 25cm (16 1/8 × 7 1/2 × 9 13/16 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

Civilian Air Mail Pilot's flying helmet; black leather exterior shell with olive drab wool lining; chin strap with button snap; leather flaps with snaps to cover ear holes; old repair to front edge of chin strap and ear holes



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