An original early second Pattern RAF C-Type Flying Helmet in good condition and dating from the Second World War.
This pattern of helmet is sometimes referred to as the 'Second Pattern' C Type or, possibly more accurately, the first pattern internally wired C Type. This pattern was introduced in March 1944 replacing the earlier externally wired version and saw use throughout the rest of the conflict. The rear of the helmet features three straps which confirms this as a wartime helmet - The 5 strap version replaced this before the end of the war.
The helmet is a clean example overall and only has very limited signs of wear. The leather outer is in fine shape with some light scuffing etc and is still supple and pliable. All the pop studs are present as are the goggle straps which are in excellent condition. The pop studs themselves still retain all their factory paint and the elastic chin strap is in good condition and retains plenty of elasticity. The Rubber headphone receiver cups appear to be good as are the receivers and the wiring loom is very clean. The bell plug is also present and in good shape with some marks etc.
There are no visible size stamps but the helmet fits like a size 3 or possibly a size 4. The interior of the helmet is very clean with limited signs of wear and use. There is some soiling etc but overall it is quite clean. The original owner has marked his name in a number of places as F/O Jones A. A. which may provide the basis for further research.
Altogether a clean example of a wartime C Type helmet which displays well and is a harder to find large size. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF display or collection.
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