Leather Flying Helmet

Description

John A. Karch was a 27-year-old teacher from Mt. Vernon, Illinois, when the enlisted in the U.S. Army on 12 December 1917. He attended the U.S. School of Military Aeronautics at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, as a cadet pilot and graduated on 4 May 1918. He arrived at Rich Field, Waco, Texas, for flight training on 3 June 1918. He flew biplanes and the Curtis JN-4D Jenny. Shortly after the end of WWI on 11 November 1918, he was discharged from the Army Air Service.

John Karch’s leather flying helmet made by Mandleberg is autographed with the names of his classmates at Rich Field.

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Filed In:
Era: World War I
Personal Equipment & Helmets: Flying Helmet
Accession #:
2005-3242-0017-0007
Museum Location:
Not on display
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Every artifact in the Air Mobility Command Museum, including this one, is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program. We are not able to loan or sell artifacts in the museum's collection.

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