Flying helmet No. 200S

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Introduced in 1929, the 200S flying helmet was created for the civilian pilots of the day. Features include an adjustable strap across the brow a small adjuster at the back, which also helped keep goggle straps in place, an elasticated hem at thereat ensures a snug fit.

Padded ‘Phone pockets’ over the ears were designed to take Gosport Tubes which enabled pilot and passenger to communicate.

Fully lined with chamois, the outer shell is made from hair sheep leather, the helmet was often worn without earphone for motoring and motorcycling.

1930 advertisement

RAF pilots wore the 200S, or 1930 pattern helmet, as it became known, until around 1935 when it was replaced with the type B. However, the 200S continued to be used in flight training and also by transport and Bomber pilots quite late into WW2.

“This helmet is our own design” - 1930 D Lewis catalogue

“This helmet is our own design” - 1930 D Lewis catalogue

Notable wearers were Alex Henshaw, Amy Johnson and Air Chief Marshall Sir Keith Park aka ‘Defender of London.’ A recently erected statue stands in London’s Waterloo Place and features Sir Keith wearing his 200S helmet.

If head size unknown measure head circumference, also from earhole over crown to earhole.

Elasticated neck piece and size adjuster

View of phone pocket flap

Phone pocket and padding detail

Chamois lined with period reproduction label

Flying helmet No. 200S

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