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WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform

WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform

WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform    WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform

WW2 SOVIET AVIATOR'S PROTECTIVE MASK in leather for flying in cold weather in an unheated cockpit. This is GUARANTEED 100% ORIGINAL piece of pilot's gear of circa 1941 Soviet manufacture - NOT a replica or post-war issue!

The mask is in soft leather with satin liner and elastic straps. There is no manufacturing label or date which is not uncommon: in fact, most Soviet equipment of WW2 era does not have any stamps or dates. Judging by the quality of the mask, it was probably produced just before the German invasion in June 1941 (these masks were made by a factory in Leningrad; the city came under siege and was completely cut off by the Germans soon thereafter - it's unlikely the factory would have the needed supplies to make the masks afterwards). The mask was designed not only for flying open cockpit airplanes such as U-2 (Po-2) night bombers and R-2 reconnaissance planes, but any WW2 era fighter or short-range bomber with unheated cockpit, especially when flying at high altitude or during Russian winter. The mask is in excellent unissued condition; shows storage age only.

The leather is good as new, beautifully soft and supple. The elastic straps are perfectly preserved and tight.

A great piece of early aviation history, this mask will make an excellent addition to a WW2 pilot gear display, either on a full mannequin or a head. Our last photo on a mannequin shows an example of a very similar face mask, but not of the actual mask we are offering now. The price is for the face mask ONLY.
WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform    WW2 Russian PILOT Leather FLIGHT MASK Mint Cond ORIG 1941 Soviet Aviator Uniform