An original RAF MK 1A Bonedome Flying Helmet Dated 1961 and in a large wearable size 4.
The MK 1A Flying Helmet replaced the earlier and short lived MK1 'Bonedome' which came into issue during the 1950s as part of the 'Fast Jet Pilot System'. The helmet has its original silver paint finish often seen on these early jet age helmets and features a moveable tinted visor which is maker marked 'M/A&B' and bares the RAF stores code 22c/1650.
The rail on the top of the helmet also has its RAF stores code stamped into it which is 22c/1647. As well as this it s has 'VISOR FLYING HELMETS MK" LARGE BPLE LTD' marked on it as well as the 1961 date which nicely matches the date inside the helmet.
The exterior of the helmet is in good condition with the majority of the original paint finish still intact. There are numerous scuffs, marks and scratches however although these are to be expected with a used flying helmet of this age. One side of the helmet has had blue lettering added to it which reads 'British Nationals Lasham 1978' which is a nice period feature.
The rubber edging around the helmet is in good shape which is another nice thing about the helmet. The rubber on many examples which come onto the market now is certainly not as good as on this one!
Inside the helmet retains it original white harness which features a makers name. Underneath this is the label for the actual helmet itself which states the size as 4R standing for 4 regular. Interesting it says 'narrow' underneath the number 4 which has been crossed out in ink, with the letter 'R' being added in the same hand. The label also states the RAF Stores code 22c/2122 and the pattern designation MK 1A (M).
Overall a very nice example of an early Jet-Age helmet in very good condition and in a large wearable size. This would undoubtedly make an excellent addition to any RAF or Jet-Age display or collection!
Please note that the G-Type Flying helmet and wiring etc in the pictures are for display purposes only and not included with the helmet.