Aviator helmets became popular (and necessary!) in the early days of the 20th century as open-cockpit airplanes grew in use. Pilots needed a hat to keep their heads and ears warm, as well as goggles to protect their eyes in flight. Similar styles were used for protection with other forms of motor transport, including vintage auto touring and motorcycle riding.
With the advent of closed-cockpit airplanes, hats became less necessary (note that Charles Lindbergh still wore one when he crossed the Atlantic in 1927, though his Spirit of St. Louis monoplane had a closed cockpit). Nonetheless, aviator hats continued in popularity as a fashion accessory and winter hat.
We offer a full line of men's period clothing styles which are suitable for movie and TV production, theatrical, living history and performing arts requirements, and are also perfect for vintage weddings. Please contact us if you have any questions!
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