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. The Rubber headphone receiver cups are in excellent shape and are still soft and pliable.
To the left hand side of the helmet the original Air Ministry stamp is still just visible along with the RAF stores code of 22c/878 which denotes the helmet as a size 2. The interior of the helmet is in good condition and is clean with only limited signs of wear and use.
Altogether a clean example of a wartime C Type helmet which displays well. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF display or collection.
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