Cold War Era Royal Air Force High Altitude RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask.
This High Altitude RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask is the holy grail of RAF masks, after the D-Type, this is the very rare and short lived, pressure breathing Post War RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask “economizer mask” for use with a pressure waistcoat (jerkin) in use with the RAF from the early 1950’s. It was mainly used in the high altitude strategic reconnaissance role, as in the English Electric Canberra which entered squadron service with No.101 Squadron in May 1951. A really fine example of the High Altitude RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask.
N.B. this is for the High Altitude RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask only, the flying helmet is for display purposes only.
English Electric Canberra PR. Mk9: High altitude, two seat Photo Reconnaissance variant with opening off-set canopy, power flying controls, longer wing, increased wing chord on the centre section and larger tail plane. It was powered by two Rolls Royce Avon 206’s it was the most powerful of the Canberra variants. Napier converted a PR.7, WH793, with the new wing configuration which first flew on the 8th of July 1955. Short Bros produced the “final shape” PR.9 starting with XH179 which first flew on the 27th. of July 1958. A total of 23 PR.9’s were built by the Shorts Brothers company. PR.9’s joined the Royal Air Force with Number 58 Squadron at RAF Wyton in the February of 1960 and continued until 2006 in service with 39 (1 PRU) Suadron at RAF Marham. High Altitude RAF J-Type Oxygen Mask.