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F-35 Pilotsí New Helmet
Defense Tech ^ | 10/13/2011 | Defense Tech

Posted on 02/24/2012 5:06:40 PM PST by U-238

You’re looking at what may well be the helmet worn by the first F-35 Joint Strike Fighter pilots at the plane’s schoolhouse at Eglin Air Force Base, Fl. It’s the basis for BAE Systems’ alternate JSF helmet that is being developed due to issues with the plane’s futuristic — and kind of crazy – looking helmet made by Vision Systems International.

BAE’s brain bucket is based on the one used by Eurofighter Typhoon pilots. However, for F-35, BAE will remove the Typhoon’s display system — housed in the giant forward part of the helmet — and will replace it with a pair of night vision goggles and a single eyepiece showing Heads-Up Display-style info (shown below).

Now, VSI’s helmet was supposed to project HUD info — and most impressively — infrared imagery from the F-35’s Distributed Aperture System onto the pilots’ visors, giving them an almost bubble-like view around the aircraft in any weather ( the system would literally allow the pilot to look down and see below the aircraft.) However, projecting very high-quality images onto the visor is proving difficult.

So, with the F-35 schoolhouse standing up, F-35-maker Lockheed Martin gave BAE a contract this week to quickly develop an alternate helmet that will provide Heads-Up Display and night vision should VSI’s helmet fail to be ready in the near future.

(Excerpt) Read more at defensetech.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Technical
KEYWORDS: aerospace; f35; pilot; usaf

1 posted on 02/24/2012 5:06:48 PM PST by U-238
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2 posted on 02/24/2012 5:08:02 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Romney=Gun Grabber.)
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To: U-238

Whoa...ET comes to mind looking at that


3 posted on 02/24/2012 5:08:38 PM PST by BubbaJunebug
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To: Jet Jaguar

Very Cool


4 posted on 02/24/2012 5:08:38 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

It looks like Mikey Dukakis’ tank helmet to me.


5 posted on 02/24/2012 5:10:18 PM PST by paddles ("The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates." Tacitus)
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To: BubbaJunebug

ET phone home?


6 posted on 02/24/2012 5:11:12 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: U-238
At 6+ G its a couple hundred extra pounds.


7 posted on 02/24/2012 5:16:10 PM PST by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: paddles

I think you have nailed it, the thing will probably be in just as big of demand. If the cost is like the plane it should be about 5 million per Mikey.


8 posted on 02/24/2012 5:24:06 PM PST by org.whodat (Sorry bill, I should never have made all those jokes about you and Lewinsky, have fun.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Does anyone know what a fighter pilots helmet would have cost in 1982?


9 posted on 02/24/2012 5:24:34 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Want


10 posted on 02/24/2012 5:27:41 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: U-238

Looks like the helmet of an Imperial Tie Fighter pilot.


11 posted on 02/24/2012 5:32:06 PM PST by rbg81 (scillian's)
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To: rbg81

It does. That is probably where the engineers got their inspiration from.


12 posted on 02/24/2012 5:32:57 PM PST by U-238
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To: U-238

Same helmet I wore riding on my old Tote Gote.....okay, okay, maybe it wasn’t that hi-tech!!!


13 posted on 02/24/2012 5:35:06 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired up in the snowy mountains of the American Redoubt and it doesn't get any better than that!)
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To: Jacquerie
They don't intend on this thing getting into a turning fight. It's all about sensors ensuring a first shot. It's basically a sensor/weapons platform.
14 posted on 02/24/2012 5:39:48 PM PST by ryan71 (Dear spell check - No, I will not capitalize the "m" in moslem!)
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To: ansel12
"Does anyone know what a fighter pilots helmet would have cost in 1982?"

IIRC the USMC/Navy helo pilot's helmet 1974-78 time frame was about $300.

The helo helmet was a dual visor and a bit heavier than the fighter pilot helmet. They had a single visor which had to be swapped for night flying. We had both stored in the helmet at all times.

It weighted about 3 lbs, IIRC.


15 posted on 02/24/2012 6:45:34 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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To: U-238
What could surpass this one?

Photobucket

16 posted on 02/24/2012 6:50:46 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad
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To: BwanaNdege

Thanks, I traded a newer model for some knives around 1982.


17 posted on 02/24/2012 7:17:17 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: U-238

This has been a known problem for a long time. It seems as though this turkey is looking more and more like a turkey buzzard.


18 posted on 02/24/2012 9:03:05 PM PST by diogenes ghost
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It should not be the sole aircraft for fighters. It should be evenly spread out between the F-15SE and F-22 fighters. There are multiple fighter airplanes in the USAF. Never put your eggs in one basket


19 posted on 02/24/2012 9:06:11 PM PST by U-238
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To: ansel12
Why 1982? Why not 1912?

Aviation Safety Measures for 1912

The First Flight Helmet
from The Literary Digest, 1912

Attached is an overview of the technological advancements that had been introduced in the aviation community in 1912. References are made to the superiority of the Pneumatic Flying Helmet (pictured below), and the installation of the W. I. Twombly Safety Harness, oil gauges, self-acting gas pumps, double-cables, self-starting motors and heavily re-enforced wheels.


20 posted on 02/24/2012 10:05:12 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That is pretty amazing, good find.


21 posted on 02/24/2012 10:26:20 PM PST by ansel12 (Romney is unquestionably the weakest party front-runner in contemporary political history.)
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To: ansel12

You’re welcome.

I’ve got my old one sitting on top of the closet organizer.


22 posted on 02/25/2012 4:30:37 AM PST by BwanaNdege (Man has often lost his way, but modern man has lost his address - Gilbert K. Chesterton)
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