Experimental Flying Helmet Note: This item is currently in storage. This prototype helmet was designed to protect jet pilots, especially during high-speed bailouts. Col. Norman J. Champion of the Air Defense Command wore this one during a test program between 1958 and 1960. Each of the USAF's major commands tested five helmets. The Air Force rejected this design because it was cumbersome and hard to put quickly on during alerts. Donated by Col. (Ret.) Norman J. Champion. Click here to return to the Featured Accessions index.