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Swedish Air Force Palmgrens Type 1 leather flying helmet, size 56.

This 1930's Flygvapnet flying helmet consists of five segments of soft black leather, structured around a centerpiece running from the top to the rear.

Inside, it is lined with quilted black cloth and marked with a white 56 ink stamp.

The helmet is fitted to the wearer’s head by means of a leather strap sewn onto the left cheek and a two-ring buckle with riveted leather fitting and strap guiding loop on the right cheek.

Covering the ear openings are two sewn-on pressed leather pockets for radio earphones or Gosport tubes. Two adjustable leather straps and small metal buckles are securing the inserted receivers.

On the rear, we find a single goggle strap retaining loop made of leather secured by a press stud.

There are no provisions for attaching later style oxygen masks, while early style masks had their own proper strap arrangement (e.g. the Types A-7 and A-8).

In Sweden, the Type A-7 was designated ME-360, while the Type A-8 was the ME-420. Both were modified US masks manufactured by the Swedish company AGA.

GOSPORT type communication tubes

The Gosport tubes provided onboard communication between crewmembers by simply transmitting vocal sounds by means of a tubular system combining voice tubes with earpieces.


Chrome plated ear pieces marked "DH type earphones" are connected to braided rubber tubes by means of removable alloy sleeves. These two tubes are then united by an alloy connector piece, which would be plugged into a socked in the cockpit.


Both the connector and the earpieces are equipped with a metal mesh protection to prevent impurities from entering the tubular system.

Fieseler flying goggles

These 1930's style flying goggles were made by the Fieseler Flugzeugwerke in Germany, the logo of which is adorning two blue enamel buttons fixing the goggle strap reinforcement loops made of leather.


The chrome plated alloy frames each feature five small air vents at the top and at the bottom and hold non-laminated curved clear glass lenses.


Two separate natural rubber face cushions are sewn to the frames, the latter connected by an adjustable nose bridge. A mechanism including two screws and a sliding frame allow those adjustments.


The large adjustable elastic goggle strap is connected to the frames' openable hinges by attachment rings and the aforementioned leather loops with the maker logo.



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