Helmet, Flying, United States Marine Corps, Major Joseph J. Foss


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 standard issue Marine Corps leather flying helmet was worn by the donor and Medal of Honor recipient Maj. Joseph Foss. He used this helmet during his training and as a flight instructor at U.S. Naval Air Station Pensacola and on several combat missions in the South Pacific.

Foss is credited as being the first American fighter pilot to equal Eddie Rickenbacker's score with 26 aerial victories. Foss fought the Japanese in the skies over Guadalcanal and the Solomon Islands, while flying a Grumman F4F Wildcat. He achieved his record between October 1942 and January 1943.

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 Joseph J. Foss


Overall: Leather


Clothing (Flat): 40.6 x 26.7 x 5.1cm (16 x 10 1/2 x 2 in.)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

United States Marine Corps (USMC) three panel brown leather flying cap worn by Maj. Joseph J. Foss; chin strap with chrome steel buckle; suede lining with holes for ears; two buttoned flaps on back to hold strap of flying goggles.



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