DH-100 VAMPIRE PILOT, 1954
Our Vampire pilot is looking at the new „hard hat“ he will soon test in the context of the Air Force’s new helmet evaluation.
He’s wearing a flight suit similar to those used at the time on propeller aircraft, a C-Type leather helmet fitted with H-Type oxygen mask, wool pullover and standard military shoes - the modified model introduced in 1952 without sole hobnails - (in order to avoid damage to aircraft's surfaces...) .
Left - the wool pullover with its (cut) leather tag which carried the pilot identification number.
Below - Kneeboard marked “MEWA 1941”
Made of aluminium and felt padded on the back it is attached to the pilot’s thigh by means of a leather strap. A pencil can be stored in a small tube leading across the interior of the kneepad. A small clamp prevents the stored pencil from sliding off the tube.