Help ID US Airforce helmet from the 50's

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by greylocke, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. greylocke

    greylocke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I'm trying ti ID the helmet worn by these b-36 hustler bomber pilots

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    Unfortunately they are on screen for only 3 seconds and that is the best shot I could get.

    ETA: The bomber is the Peacemaker, not the hustler. I got them confused.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2012
  2. youngpaddy1

    youngpaddy1 Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Looks like an MA-2 high Altitude helmet.
  3. greylocke

    greylocke Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I spent several hours looking and I think you're close.

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    This is the K-1 Partial Pressure High Altitude Helmet with O2 Mask

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    This is the same mask worn by LtC Walker during the X-1 flight tests.

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    This is the MA-2 which replaced the K-1

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    There are a few changes between the two. From what I've read the changes are to the interior suspension, face mask and the radio/communication headset.

    Does anyone know where I can get a copy of the K-1? Even if it is a cast copy?
  4. ed-209

    ed-209 Sr Member

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    They ued to sell both the helmet and the High Altitude flight suit from the Captain Company ads in Famous Monsters of Filmland.
    I remember as a kid (around 1964-5) seeing the helmet in a thrift store for $1.00 and the Flight suit for $3.00 !!!! I still have them today.

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