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Russian ZSH-3 Flight Helmet
Russian ZSH-3 Fight Helmet

    The ZSh-3 Pilot Helmet was first introduced in the early 1960's and is used in virtually every type of Soviet-made aircraft - from the MiG-17 to the MiG-29, from the Il-76 cargo plane to the Mi-24 Attack Helicopter.  This is the most widely used flight helmet in the world.

    The ZSh-3M is a very simple design.  Modernized ("M" in Russian stands for "modernizirovannii" - modernized). It has a main protective helmet with two small wings that cover the ears. 

Wings cover for ears Wings cover for ears

 There are three air vents in the upper front of the helmet to aid in air circulation around the pilot's head and to limit the pressure on the pilot's head in case of ejection by allowing air to flow through. The visor (sun shield) has three positions.

Inner liner helmet for ZSH-3

The ZSH-3 is never worn without the inner liner helmet.  This can be one of three different types.  Each of these leather helmets has a winter and summer version.  

Inner liner helmet for ZSH-3

   One has a mesh variant for the summer, while the other two simply have a thinner leather with no fur.  These leather helmets also give a much greater flexibility in fit for individual pilots. 

    The outer helmet is a one-piece fiberglass helmet with interior  padding and earphones with speakers. The helmet has a combat edge type air bag, consisting of a rubber bladder protected by a nylon bag, used to tighten the face against the KM-34.  Side view of ZSH-3

    This happens automatically as the oxygen pressure is increased. The crash helmet is designed for protection of the pilot's head against possible impacts in aircraft cockpits and aerodynamic loads at ejection.

Rear view of ZSH-3 Top view of ZSH-3

 The helmet visor prevents pilot blindness by sun and floodlight rays. It also gives the pilot the conditions to operate during flight by means of the oxygen mask and onboard equipment. 

Inner communications helmet for ZSH-3 Inner communications helmet for ZSH-3

Two-way communications through throat, boom or mask microphone can be used. The sun visor can be moved in manual mode to three separate positions or it can be set to automatic mode where it snaps all the way down with the touch of a button (or the activation of the ejection seat). 

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