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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 29 Dec 2019, 01:11 
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How does one even pronounce that name? "Goo-no"?

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PostPosted: 29 Dec 2019, 07:16 
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H1017412 wrote:
How does one even pronounce that name? "Goo-no"?

It is pronounced "Gee-no"

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PostPosted: 30 Dec 2019, 10:28 
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Given you'd have rubbed shoulders with several people who'd have used these helmets - what's been the feedback from the users? Were they well liked?

Which designs spawned local developments and - does South Africa still design and manufacture helmets such as the Z-150 or the variants?

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PostPosted: 30 Dec 2019, 10:37 
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H1017412 wrote:
Given you'd have rubbed shoulders with several people who'd have used these helmets - what's been the feedback from the users? Were they well liked?

Ha, know you want me to give away the text of my proposed book! :lol:

Generally, the 316/317 series helmet was very reliable, required hardly any workshop maintenance and was well liked by the crew.

The Kentron Helmet Mounted Display helmet was based on the 316.

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PostPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 12:17 
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Just arrived today!

Alpha 708 helmet in excellent condition, complete with bag. This helmet was used on the C-130 Hercules.
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PostPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 19:33 
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Hi Dean, I note you say "was used", has it been replaced? That's a fantastic looking piece - where are they manufactured?

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PostPosted: 11 Mar 2020, 22:10 
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As far as I know, the Alpha 708 helmets were withdrawn in the last five years or so.

I'm super excited to get my hands on this one, as I purchased an example over a year ago and then onsold it shortly thereafter to a friend who put in civvie avionics, a sale I regretted three days later! This example came with a Leep oxygen mask, a g-suit and a SAPS Air Wing flight suit thrown in. :D

Made by Helmets Ltd of the UK, same as the current Alpha 220 and previous Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3 helmets. The company was taken over by the US Gentex Corporation in 2014.

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Geno 316 helmet with MS22001 mask, complete with Chilean air force stickers.

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Suspect that it was a helmet that may have been used by one of the Chilean pilots that flew here in South Africa at 89 Combat Flying School, undergoing conversion training for the Pantera (similar to the Cheetah).

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PostPosted: 14 May 2020, 07:57 
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Crikey, how many helmets are you up to now?


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GAU-8A wrote:
Crikey, how many helmets are you up to now?

41 helmets, plus a few shells and spare parts :D

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PostPosted: 14 May 2020, 08:44 
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Dean wrote:
GAU-8A wrote:
Crikey, how many helmets are you up to now?

41 helmets, plus a few shells and spare parts :D


haha nice! That's enough to start a museum.


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A recent post-lockdown arrival: MBU-4/P mask with head harness, as used by loadmasters aboard C-130B Hercules and C-160 Transall transports.

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It keeps getting better! \:D/ So when did you say your museum is opening? [-X

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