HGU-55 F/A-18 SOLAS
Issued to Hornet pilots, equipped with a HA/LP-PPB oxygen mask featuring coiled communication cord Type CX-13126/A and AM-7067/A delta block amplifier, a coiled extension cable plus a 3 pin connector at the end of the hose.
Owing to the fact that the Swiss AF is attending international exercises over
or "SOLAS" (Safety On Land And Sea) reflective tape, thus enhancing the chance to
locate a ditched pilot by the searchlights of SAR (Search And Rescue) units .
On top of the helmet a Velcro patch is applied in order to fit
The patch is also used during flight simulator activity, holding a special targeting device.
This device selects the simulator display area the pilot is looking at, in order to have the targeted zone sharply focused, leaving the rest at lower resolution, in order to enhance simulator computer performance.
Escadrille 17" emblem is applied on the rear of the helmet.
Close-up of the SOLAS tape peculiar structure.
The compensating valve installed on the HA/LP-PPB oxygen mask.