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aalogo.gif (8304 bytes)  Air America Caps/Helmets

The Basic Black Ball Cap

This is the basic, black cotton baseball cap. Points to look for:

There is a  copy of this cap made for the movie Air America that you sometimes see.  It has the "American" snap-strap in the back.   I've also seen these in tailored caps with bullion and/or embroidered badge.  Be careful.

Did you know that this hat was also made without the bamboo leaves on the brim -- maybe for non-flying personnel?  Again, there is war-time footage of these being worn with and without bamboo on the brim.  If anyone can find me one I'd greatly appreciate it!

The Flight Helmet

Helmets were worn by rotary-wing pilots and crew as well as by a few of the fixed wing pilots. Helmets were standard government issue helmets. Original issue was white -- until it became apparent that these were great aiming points. Soon the white helmets were painted dark blue and eventually the OD green helmet become standard. There was apparently some leeway in decoration of the helmets. Some photos show "Air America" across the brim in silver or white on a dark blue helmet. These are believed to have been masked off when the white helmets were painted blue.  Pilot's names were often painted in small letters on the back.. The OD green helmet shown was issued to a pilot when leaving the country(!) after he turned in his old helmet.

Baseball Cap in Use

Baseball Cap in Use

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Variation Baseball Cap

Variation Baseball Cap

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Original Cap Brim Reproduction Cap Brim
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Variation Original Cap (Note Yellowed Shield) Variation Original Cap (Note Yellowed Shield)
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You can also view this cap on the CIA's website by clicking here
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APH5 Late Issue Helmet

Late APH5 Issue Helmet

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Mid-Issue Helmet  
Blue Painted Over White to Reduce "Target"

Early 5 Issue Helmet
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Mid-Issue Helmet 
Blue Painted Over White to Reduce "Target"
Note how "Air America" was masked off before the helmet was painted blue!
Photos courtesy of SwampFox Militaria and Collectibles
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