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Helmet Shell Visor with Mask

Technical Information

Catalogue No: C0382
Category: Head-Mounted Equipment [HMD/NVG/Glasses]
Object Type: Display Unit
Object Name: Helmet Shell Visor with Mask
Part No: HGU-53/P
Serial No: ?
Manufacturer: Unknown
Division: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: 1993
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Location: Rack RAA15 (HMDs) [Mezzanine Store]

HGU-53/P Aircrew Helmet Assy
W/O Visor Kit & Mechanisms
Order No. G229R/194259
Mfr 97427/01530002
Gentex Corporation 7/93


The HGU-53/P Combat Edge Helmet was being developed in the late 1980's to replace the HGU-55/P. The HGU-55/P would tend to have its visor blown off during ejection, exposing the pilot's face to fierce windblasts. The HGU-53/P is flown with the MBU-20/P Combat Edge oxygen mask using standard offset bayonet clips. The HGU-53/P won in competition against a Scott Mach 1 flight helmet and went into limited production, with 3 variations. The HGU-53/P has an elongated lumbar shell, as shown in the picture at the right. The helmet uses combat edge technology. The Combat Edge system utilizes an air bladder that inflates as the pilot pulls more "G's," thereby pulling the oxygen mask tighter to his face.
The Company acquired helmets to evaluate the fit of Night Vision Goggles, Helmet Mounted Sights and Displays.

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