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Annotated WWI Pilot's Cloth Flying Helmet
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A cloth pilot's flying helmet of the First World War on which the pilot wrote the locations of the air fields on which he was stationed. The helmet was manufactured by the Armstrong Uniform Company of Chicago and bears their label on the interior. The helmet is olive brown ribbed wool construction with a full wool lining. There are snap closure coverings over ear holes and a rear leather snap closure tab to retain the strap of the flying goggles. On the left side of the helmet the pilot wrote his name and duty stations. The writing is faint but visible. The pilot's name, written on the left ear flap, was Lt. Frank L. Carter, and notations include Camp Dick, Texas; Kelly Field, Texas; Call Field, Texas; Post Field, Oklahoma; Taliaferro Field, Texas; Brooks Field, Texas; and Love Field, Texas. The helmet has a few moth holes but remains in good condition with a worn but intact leather chin strap.