Interwar Flying Helmet and Mask

An aviator’s helmet, mask, and goggles hint at the discomfort that made it so challenging to perform aerial celestial navigation in early open-cockpit aircraft.

Caption:
Aviation in the interwar years tested the limits of human endurance, making complex tasks like navigation highly problematic.
Type: Artifact
Image Date: 2012
Credit: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Origin: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Creator: Eric Long
NASM2012-02189
 
Aviation in the interwar years tested the limits of human endurance, making complex tasks like navigation highly problematic.