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What is that device on an Su-27 pilot's helmet?

That is the mounting point for night vision goggles. The following image shows a helmet with NVG mounted. Helmet mounted NVG; image from lemt.by The USAF has helmets with different mounting and some ...
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Why do fighter pilots wear helmets?

There are several reasons: A helmet provides head protection. A fighter airplane can make many sudden turns and a helmet provides reduction of the risk of a head injury. If the pilot needs to eject ...
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Why do fighter pilots wear helmets?

In addition to ejection it's to protect the pilot's head from impacts against the inside of the cockpit in case of sudden maneuvering or loss of control. Many aerobatic pilots wear helmets for this ...
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What kind of helmet is in this A-10 video?

The pilot's helmet in the photo is a standard Gentex HGU-55/P fitted with a Thales Aerospace Scorpion Helmet Mounted Cueing System. Information on the SHMCS is available on the corporate website ...
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Why do fighter pilots wear helmets?

Primarily to protect the pilot's head from windblast and and trauma from blunt object impact in the event of an ejection and parachute landing. The current generation helmets do not offer ballistic ...
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What is that device on an Su-27 pilot's helmet?

(spetstechnoexport.com) Those are also mounts for Helmet Mounted Sight for the Vympel R-73 missile. Both the MiG-29 and Su-27 were equipped with this missile system. I think F-35 pilots have this ...
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Why do fighter pilots wear helmets?

There was at least one case when a helmet saved a helicopter pilot's life, namely a RAF's Chinook HC4 pilot. In short, Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune was injured while extracting some soldiers in ...
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