Helmet, Flying, United States Navy, Lt. Apollo Soucek

    Back of Soucek Helmet

    Apollo Soucek’s high altitude flying helmet worn on his record-setting flight on June 4, 1930.

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This object is on display in the Boeing Aviation Hangar at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA.

Boeing Aviation Hangar

Lt. Apollo Soucek flew a Wright XF3W Apache fighter to a record altitude of 13,160 meters (43,166 feet) on June 4, 1930, over Washington, D.C. He wore this fur helmet to survive the flight in the Apache's open cockpit.