Flight helmets were and still are the necessary equipment for pilots and have been ever since the very first plane took flight. Flight helmets help provide protection against impact, thereby reducing the risk of a head injury. Whether you have to eject out of your plane or experience turbulence, a helmet will provide protection against injury. Here is just a brief history of flight helmets, how they have evolved over time, and how they protect pilots.
Before helmets were produced for flying, pilots would use the same leather helmets that were used for motor racing. Pilots were well aware of the potential head injury risks involved when flying a plane and took every precaution to mitigate that risk but designing a specific helmet for flying wasn’t one of those concerns.
In the early 1900s through the end of World War II, flight helmets were made of soft leather and intended purely to protect him from wind and cold. As advances in wireless radio communications developed, the leather helmet began to feature earphones for radio receivers. As technology improved and allowed air crafts to fly at higher altitudes, oxygen mask attachments became standard as well. Early eye protection in the form of rubber-framed glass goggles were adopted virtually from the fledgling days of manned flight as the most reasonable way to protect the eyes especially in open-cockpits. After planes continued to operate at higher speeds, goggle then became attached to helmets to reduce the possibility of them being pulled off by high speed winds.
After World War II, the leather flight helmet was replaced by a hard helmet similar to those used in motor racing at the time. This much needed improvement can about because leather helmets didn’t offer enough protection if the pilot was forced to bail out of their plane especially if they were forced into a high-velocity ejection.
The goggles that were attached to leather helmets were soon replaced with tinted visors that were incorporated into the hard helmets as well to help keep the eyesight of the pilot unobscured by harsh sunlight. After Vietnam War, flight helmets began to be manufactured with communications equipment, such as headsets and microphones, incorporated into the helmet.
As you can see, flight helmets have always been an essential accessory for pilots throughout the history of aviation. Here at Government Sales Inc, we carry all the major helmet models that are suitable for flight in addition to a variety of different accessories, including communications packages. Contact us today to learn more about the services and accessories we offer for flight helmets.