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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2019, 18:32 
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Hi Dean

In your research are you looking at helmet markings and colours?


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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 01 Jun 2019, 21:53 
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Yup, different squadrons had different colours, some the same colours!

I've chatted to a few pilots regarding helmet colours and markings, but additional background info always welcome. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 09 Aug 2019, 12:21 
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Lafe Helicopter Helmet (1990's, note incorrect microphone fitted to this example)
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Lafe Jet Helmet (mid/late-1990's, Mirage F1AZ, Cheetah C)
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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2019, 13:47 
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Dean wrote:
Lafe Jet Helmet (1990's, Cheetah C)
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Hi Dean

This particular helmet may have been used by a F-1AZ pilot. Lafe helmets were used on the F-1, and that looks like a 1 Sqn pattern.

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PostPosted: 12 Aug 2019, 16:47 
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Mars wrote:
Hi Dean

This particular helmet may have been used by a F-1AZ pilot. Lafe helmets were used on the F-1, and that looks like a 1 Sqn pattern.

Thanks Mars, 2 Sqn helmets were either white or red, so I was a little perplexed at a camo helmet for the Cheetah. A F1 helmet in camo does make sense. :smt023

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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2019, 18:52 
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My helmet when at 85 Combat Flying School, many years ago...

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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2019, 21:04 
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Dean wrote:
Mars wrote:
Hi Dean

This particular helmet may have been used by a F-1AZ pilot. Lafe helmets were used on the F-1, and that looks like a 1 Sqn pattern.

Thanks Mars, 2 Sqn helmets were either white or red, so I was a little perplexed at a camo helmet for the Cheetah. A F1 helmet in camo does make sense. :smt023


Hi Dean

You may have a very interesting helmet there, go check out page 137 in Herman Potgieter's book "More Than Game".


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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 12 Aug 2019, 21:44 
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Vernon, that's a very "intelligent" helmet, nice. :wink:

Mars, how did I miss that photo?! :shock: :D

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Dean wrote:
Vernon, that's a very "intelligent" helmet, nice. :wink:

Mars, how did I miss that photo?! :shock: :D


Jip :smt023


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Dean wrote:
Vernon, that's a very "intelligent" helmet, nice. :wink:

Mars, how did I miss that photo?! :shock: :D


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PostPosted: 13 Aug 2019, 09:35 
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Hi Spice

As a intelligence Officer what did your flying duties involve?


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 Post subject: Re: SAAF helmets
PostPosted: 14 Aug 2019, 01:56 
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That's indeed an appropriate design there Spice. Did you paint it yourself?

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