May I take this opportunity to once again comment on Alan R. Wise and Michael S. Breuninger's book "Jet Age Flight Helmets" as you yourself, like many others, keep referring to British flight helmets with Roman numeral terminology!! All British helmets are given Mk. numbers using Arabic numerals such as Mk.1, Mk.2A, Mk.3A/B, Mk. 3C, Mk.4A, Mk.10B, M.L.Aviation Type 12/P Mk.4 etc. etc.This does rather upset me when I can see more and more use by collectors of British helmets being designated with Roman numerals because "Jet Age Flight Helmets" happened to get it wrong!!
Similarly the French collectors must be upset when their helmets are referred to as Guereau and not Gueneau, especially when labels inside the helmets illustrated in the book clearly show the correct spelling. Maybe a reprint of this otherwise excellent reference work will correct these glaring mistakes. Best regards, Christian.
I recently bought the Jet Age Flight Helmets. Great book, but as a reference manual I think it lacks an alphabetical index for quick access to exactly the helmet that you are looking for. So, I made one. Maybe you will find it useful too. Cheers, Steen JAFH Index
Hello Steen, As many of us seem to agree, the Wise & Breuninger book, while an excellent starting point (and a superb visual reference) for collectors, has unfortunately many small errors and mistaken data bits. An excellent example of this is the illustration of the so-called USAF "P-2", which as far as I am able to determine, never made it past the R&D stage at Wright-Pat's Aircrew Systems Lab (see attached image of what Wright-Pat identified as their P-2...this was an experimental helmet similar to the Navy H-3/4 system, in which a hard outer P-1 type shell was used over a soft tan fabric AN-H-15 flight helmet; it bears little resemblance to the so-called P-2 in the Wise & Breuninger book). The helmet identified by Alan & Mike in their book as a P-2 is most likely a P-1A or P-1B that for some odd reason has been misidentified by the authors as a P-2. Other examples of errors and mistakes include "prettifying" of some of the specimens, which are not authentic in detail or components (that is the restoration of a helmet to 'look nice', while not being strictly authentic). There are many who will be quick to criticize this book for these errors, but in the long run I think most of us realise that it is a commendable pioneering effort to produce a reference that theretofore had never seen its peer. Having published a similar type of book (also through Schiffer Publishing Limited) on US chemical and biological respirators, I am only too familiar with criticisms of this type. Hence, I feel that Alan & Mike deserve much praise for even attempting a work of this sort, given the difficulties implicit and the frequent paucity of information that is often available on older specimens of flightgear. Finally, I feel that those who would tend to criticize the book too greatly should try writing such a reference work themselves and THEN give free reign to critical commentary. By and large, it is a useful and very helpful source of much information and valuable visuals. Again, thanks for providing your index to the book & best wishes! Cheers, DocBoink
> French an EFA Type 23. The latter, however, has a
> different oxygen connection than the one shown in Jet
> Age Flight Helmets on page 151.
This is a mistake in the book, they switched the type 21 and type 23's. In the picture is the Type 23. The suit is not know to me, looks like a Swedish example. Bye HUD