This originates from the estate of Air Force Pilot E. Fobel, who flew P-47 Thunderbolts during the war. The A-11 was the last developed in the "A" series during WWII. Standardized on August 6, 1943 it saw several modifications during its career, maintaining the same designation, though.
Initially made of brown leather with a chamois lining, the latter was later changed in sheep doeskin, while the shell was now made of sheepskin. When eventually receiving a softer chin strap, adjustment was also improved by a new buckle and strap at the base of the neck. The helmet was equipped with the black rubber, kapok-filled cushioned earphone mountings for the ANB-H-1 radio receivers. UK based AAF crews traded their frequently used RAF C-Type helmets for the A-11, which saw frequent use well beyond WWII and into the Korean War.
Made of a Leather by the Selby Shoe Company, this flight helmet is in SUPERB condition for its age! No rips or tears, but does have some slight wear from use.
Features an Army Air Forces decal on the top. Some slight wear and rust to the metal fittings, but nothing that detracts. Earphone are also complete, and marked ANB-H-1.
Ll adjustments work as they should. It is marked as a LARGE size, but fits a bit small. Please see the other items I have listed from his estate. One of the NICEST I have seen of its type, it would make a PERFECT addition to.Powered by SixBit's eCommerce Solution. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\United States\Hats & Helmets". The seller is "messerschmitt_109" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.