Army Air Force M-3 Steel Helmet

The M-3 Flak helmet was the first helmet designed expressly for use by American bomber crews. The M-3 has large hinged ear covers on its sides to accommodate a communications headset; the covers were originally lined with felt. Unlike M-1 helmets, the M-3 features a built-in suspension system. The headband is also unlike the M-1 helmet’s standard headband in that it was never issued with leather padding. The exterior had a flocking coating to prevent the airman’s skin from sticking to the metal at high altitudes and freezing temperatures.


Stock Number Reference:

Helmet, Protective, Type M-3

Army Stock Number: (acquired)