An original USAF HGU-55/P Flight Helmet complete with cloth padded head liner, smoked gray visor & protective leather cover with stitched patch. Helmet is fitted with an MBU-5/P Oxygen mask – both are fully wired. Oxygen mask has a CRU-60/P Connector & U-174/U Jack Plug (photo 9). The helmet has the lightweight oxygen mask bayonet receivers and is complete with nape and chin straps, and edge rolls. Can’t see a label but the helmet is a probable size Small to a maximum Medium. Earphone outer sponges (photo 10) are fatigued and need replacing. No material damage to the helmet shell. The MBU-5/P mask is complete, but does have two small repaired hairline cracks in the hard shell. In addition there are scattered minute chips to the edge of the hard shell where the bayonet clips are located, but the effect is insignificant. I believe the mask is made by SCOTT and is dated 2000/2001/2002, and is marked a size SHORT/NARROW. Note: the helmet is likely in the same time period as the mask. The MBU-5/P oxygen mask was introduced in the 1960’s and was replaced with the up-dated MBU-12/P design. However, the MBU-5/P is still used on occasions (as in this case) where the 12/P design is NOT A GOOD FIT TO THE FACE FEATURES. The PSD Patch represents the PHYSIOLOGICAL SUPPORT DIVISION for the U-2 & SR-71 aircraft, which provides specialized support in the high altitude role – obviously the SR-71 operations have long ceased. I was told this helmet/mask combination came from a member of the Aerospace Physiological Training Flight (APTF) at Beale AFB north of Sacramento – I understand this flight operates the T-38 a/c. The patch shown sown onto the visor cover was introduced late 1970’s through to around the early 2000’s. I can’t confirm the Beale connection but the timeline looks about right. The item “USAF HGU-55/P FLIGHT HELMET, MBU-5/P OXYGEN MASK & CRU-60 Connector-Circa 2000″ is in sale since Friday, October 28, 2016. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1992-2001\Original Period Items”. The seller is “shackvp293″ and is located in United States. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States