617 Squadron (Dam Busters) - Vulcan Bomber Crew Headset
RAF Vulcan Bomber crews flying helmet dating to the late 1950s early 1960s. Named by the owner - D Burhouse 617 squadron.
No. 617 Squadron was a Royal Air Force aircraft squadron based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. It is commonly known as the "Dambusters", for its actions during Operation Chastise against German dams during the Second World War. After the end of the Second World War, the Squadron replaced its Lancasters with Avro Lincolns, following those in 1952 with the English Electric Canberra jet bomber.
The Squadron began almost immediately to upgrade yet again to the Vulcan B2, taking delivery of the first on 1 September 1961, although its high-level strategic bombing role remained unchanged until the advent of effective Soviet Surface-to-Air Missiles forced Bomber Command to reassign V-bombers from high-altitude operations to low-level penetration operations in March 1963, when the Squadron's Vulcans adopted a mission profile that included a 'pop-up' manoeuvre from 500–1,000 ft to above 12,000 ft for safe release of Blue Steel.
Pale blue grey cloth Type G helmet with large leather padded ear pieces with integral speakers. Type H rubber foxygen ace mask with chamois leather lining. Oxygen tube to front. Integral microphone with on/off switch to the nose. Long electrical communications cord with large Bakelite jack fitting. Marked with Air Ministry Crows Foot.
Very good condition - All electrics appear to be present. Rubber to oxygen mask still flexible. Marked to outside left earpiece with owners name and Squadron.
An extremely rare and hard to find item, especially in this condition.
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