Mk III Flying Goggles

Item

Title

Mk III Flying Goggles

Description

RCAF MK. III Flyers Goggle C.C.B. 1940
As issued to allied aircrew in WWII. This pair is RCAF stamped with stores ref. no. 22c/30
The perspex lenses and the black painted brass frame show some service wear.
The brown leather face pad and backstrap are in fair condition with springs completely functional.

Date

1940

Identifier

986.39.007

Medium

Leather, Perspex, metal, velveteen

Provenance

When Great-Britain entered the war, most of their flight gear was outdated and intended for wear in open cockpit aircrafts. Some pilots chose to buy their own flight gear and that is a reason why Battle of Britain period pictures show non-military issue flight gear. This was certainly the case with helmets and goggles, for example Luxor was a civilian manufacturer but the Luxor goggles soon became well known among aircrew.
The RAF issue flying goggles were much heavier and not as comfortable as the Luxor goggles and soon the AM started to alter their goggles according to the pilots needs. So the goggles started to change from heavy and large face-covering goggles to lighter and less covering goggles later on.
Sunglasses, or in exact terms spectacles, were also designed by the Air Ministry and issued to air crew.

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