Hi Guys and congratulations for your website.
I've been collecting
helmets since 1981.
The first helmet I bought was a camo HGU26 with full leather liner. At that time the
TOPGUN motion picture was not yet shot so helmets where both rare and cheap !!! I bought
it for 600 FF( 90). I didn't know what type it was (except it was American), and
didn't even know it was the beginning of a collection. I had only one helmet until
1992,and my wife was teasing me when I was introducing myself as an helmet
collector, well now she doesn't laugh anymore ;O))
I'm 32 and I live in France and work as an Air Traffic Controller in the Army Aviation.
Thanks to my job, I was deployed abroad (mainly with the NATO) and met lots of
aircrew from various nations and could therefore enhance my collection.
At first I was just
collecting helmets but was welcoming any donation to my collection.
So one pair of boots on this side, a flight suit on that one and now I could dress up to
15 or 16 dummies (I don't even know !).
I have roughly 40 helmets (helos & jets) from various nations.
I feel really proud
and lucky each time I display my collection. But if you are not lucky enough to see it at
scale one, then you can visit my website at the following URL: http://www.chez.com/flightgear
The nicest item of my collection is a full-dress Stratospheric Mirage
III pilot, but my
heart also goes to my first helmet.
My last helmet in, is an HGU56, and I'm
waiting for a Gallet Helo version.
My unaffordable dreams go to the Apache helmet , or Topsight prototypes.
I'm still looking for a golden Navy APH5 with hardman receivers, Swedish helmets, Russian flightsuit and boots ( special kind ), Anvis NVG mount,etc and of
course not at any cost !
Vincent "Winny" Leteurtrois