Flying Helmet; USAF (United States Air Force), Roderick Martin Hanstein; 1960; T...
Flying HelmetAbout this object
Flying helmet originally belonging to Wing Commander Roderick Martin Hanstein 033220 that he used during his service in Malaysia and Thailand. Drawn on opposite sides are a skull with a rose through it’s eye and an eagle perched on lightning strikes.
Roderick Hanstein completed his training in the Empire Air Training Scheme in Canada in 1945. on return to Australia at the conclusion of WWII he undertook a short spell as a specialist navigator instructor at Point Cook after which he was converted to Mustang Fighters at No.2 Operational Training Unit, followed by a posting to Malta. In Malta he was part of the RAAF fighter wing comprising 75 and 76 squadrons where he began to fly Vampire jet fighters.
He married Adele Hanstein in 1952.
In 1954 Rod converted to Meteor fighters and began ground duties as commander of Air Training Corps in Melbourne and aide to the Commonwealth Games.
In 1959 Rod moved to head up his own flightier squadron which was equipped with single Sabres. This lead him to Butterworth, Malaysia and to war where he was commander of 3 Squadron. During this time he had a close brush with death when his Sabre went into an uncontrollable spin. Rod ejected from the fighter and landed successfully.
He was then posted to Thailand where he commanded a Squadron and Base where he worked with the U.S. Forces against Communism.
On return to Australia Rod was appointed Assistant Director of Operations at Headquarters in Canberra and was awarded the rank of Wing Commander.
Plastic, fabric, foamInscription and Marks
Written on the back of the helmet
Drawn on opposite sides are a skull with a rose through it’s eye and an eagle perched on lightning strikes.
On Visor slide. Sienna ENG.CO.PT NO. 661-68. ASSEMBLE. FSN6475.72.7292.
Inside on ear: REAR, CUSHION EARPHONE MX-2088/U
Label ion inside:
HELMET, Flying, HGU-2/P
DATE OF MGF… SEP 1960
CONSOLIDATED COMPONENTS CORPORATION
Gift of David HansteinObject Type
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