ORIGINAL WWII German Luftwaffe “FK33” WINTER FLIGHT HELMET. (Fliegerkopfhaube für Winter ohne FT-Gerät) Certified
ORIGINAL WWII German Luftwaffe “FK33” WINTER FLIGHT HELMET. (Fliegerkopfhaube für Winter ohne FT-Gerät) Certified. With the advent of military aircraft in WWI most of the early pilots soon discovered that appropriate protective headgear was a necessity due to the cold and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific headgear or uniforms for pilots were available. This resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced motor car helmets. These tight fitting, soft leather helmets proved to be ideal and future flight helmets were basically modified versions of the early motor car helmets. During WWII the Luftwaffe utilized no fewer then ten, slightly different ,models of flight helmets with the main modifications being helmets issued for summer or winter wear and helmets with or without integral radio communication fittings. The FK33 model helmet was designed for winter wear and was without radio equipment as used by bomber crews, and for training in gliders and aircraft without radios. Nice quality, five panel, brown, grained kid leather construction winter flight helmet with magnetic sheet metal and alloy fittings and a white sheep’s wool lining. All complete and in excellent condition. Size marked 57. Maker tag. Rare flight helmet. Nice example showing the expected minor age and wear overall good condition. One of the classic desirable collector’s items from the Third Reich in good condition. Gettysburg Museum Certified (COA) provided. 100% Guaranteed to be authentic. Sold for historic purposes only. See our other pieces on our web site. Also note when browsing our web site there are several pages of items, at the bottom of the list look for other page numbers. RARE , DO NOT MISS THIS!