Goggles, Flying, Mk VII, RAF / USAAF
Superb and scarce genuine WWII British Mk VII Flying Goggles. Introduced in the RAF in July 1942 when the Mk IV were considered obsolete, the very first Mk VII featured a leather strap which was quickly replaced with an adujstable webbing strap. The upper mount was intended for attaching a sunshield (not included here), which was widely seen on the Mediterranean Theater of Operations yet less common in Europe. The Mk VII were progressively replaced by the now famous Mk VIII Flying Goggles from October 1943 onwards.
Just like Pattern 1940 Flying Boots and Pattern 1941 Life Preservers, the Mk VII Flying Goggles were also issued to USAAF pilots and aircrews to compensate the lack of American equipment in 1942-1943.
In excellent overall condition, the present goggles retain most of their original blue paint; lenses show no scratch or crack; leather is still soft; both the chamois and webbing strap are perfectly preserved. Air Ministry markings are clearly visible in the center:22C/826 1858.
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