B-8 Flying Goggles

Item

Title

B-8 Flying Goggles

Description

U.S.A.A.F. B-8 Flying Goggles with a cardboard metal reinforced container, instruction book, and a tan and green cloth case with lenses for the B-8 Flying Goggles.
Black rubber with clear plastic one-piece lens fitted. The inside of the goggles is lined with yellow chamois leather, and an olive drab coloured adjustable elastic and webbing strap.
The upper edge of the black rubber frame is perforated to allow air circulation, and contains, in raised type, the words: POLAROID AVIATION GOGGLE NO.1065 T.M. REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.

Date

1943-1950

Identifier

009.500.011

Medium

Rubber/ Plastic /Metal

Provenance

The US designed B-8 flying goggles, introduced in 1943, were one of the most successful eyewear designs of the Second World War. Its rubber frame was easily adaptable to fit most faces and variations in oxygen equipment, and its large one-piece lens gave an excellent field of vision. A variety of interchangeable tinted lenses for use in different conditions were also available. The B-8 was popular with many Allied airmen.

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