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In the mid '80s the H-5 started to be withdrawn from service.


Helicopter crews were equipped with SPH-4s. Stored surplus H-5 helmets were to be modified with SPH-4 communication harnesses and  distributed to helicopter loadmasters or (if required) to passengers.


Is interesting to note that during the era when the  H-5 was being phased out, children who sent a letter to the Air Force asking for a pilot helmet received one free of charge in its Sportex box...Those helmets are sometimes surfacing from cellars and attics, frequently sporting unusual liveries or strange modifications... 



For more information on the H-5 please click HERE

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