Original RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles + Box

Original RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles + Box

Code: 52153


An original pair of RAF MK VIII RAF goggles in excellent condition complete their Air Ministry marked original issue cardboard box.
The MK VIII goggles are arguably the most iconic of all RAF goggles, coming into service during 1943 and staying in use with the RAF until the 1960s.

This particular pair are genuine RAF issue examples rather than post-war aftermarket goggles. The Air Ministry markings can be seen on the leather bridge section which are bold and crisp. The goggles also have curved edges to the brass frames which is usually associated with war time manufactured goggles.

The goggles are a nice pair and display very well. The brass frames retain the vast majority of their original blue painted finish with some of the brass showing through. The leather face cushions are in very good condition as is the chamois backing. The chrome plated parts are also very clean and bright with only limited signs of tarnishing.

The original strap is still present and retains its original leather pull tabs. The elastic is good with plenty of elasticity and it retains its original colour.

The goggles come complete with their original box which have usually been lost over the years. The box is the specific issue type with 'Goggles MK. VIII' stamped to the top as well as the stores code 22c/920. This stores code is repeated on the side of the box and the Air Ministry AM marking with crown also features above this.

Inside the box is a set of tinted lenses which can be changed for the clear lenses fitted to the goggles currently. They are held into the cardboard case with separate cardboard U-sections.The box is in reasonable condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use.

A stunning pair of original goggles complete with their original box which would be very hard to better. These would make an excellent addition to any RAF or USAAF collection without a doubt!