A SET OF WW2 LUFTWAFFE MODEL 306 PILOT'S FLYING GOGGLES
(Mint in Their Original Box with Factory Issued Replacement Lenses!!!)
Goggles in the standard teardrop design, with aviator-style clear glass lenses, olive green painted aluminum frames with rubber eye sockets, each of the eye sockets stitched to the framework of the googles, each of the frames have five ventilation vents along the top and bottom edges, the frames linked together by an aluminum nose bridge with a dual screw fit adjustment, maker symbol for Cellowarro on the reverse of the nose bridge as well as the year of manfacture "41" for 1941. Also features a ribbed olive green elasticized headband strap with sliding metal fit adjustment buckle, elongated loops with hooks attaching the headband to the frames on either side, the googles themselves attached to the frames by small metal clips which also act as locking clips to secure the lenses in the frames. Accompanied by three pairs of glass lenses encased in felt sleeves, one of the pairs is clear, the other is tinted dark green for protection from the sun, along with a glass lenses cleaning cloth. The googles, additional lenses and cleaning cloth come in their cardboard box of issue, the box marked on reverse of the top lid, stamped with the "Cellowarro" and an R. Betr. Nr. 0/0260/0007 factory identification mark in indigo ink on the underside of the lid. A floating divider in the box separating the goggles from the additional lenses and cleaning cloth, the box dual-slotted on both sides. Googles are mint in box aka NOS (new old stock) and marked in pencil crayon "German Goggles" by the US vet himself who brought them home with him Sgt. Carl Numrich from KCMO. I know this for a fact because his son sold them to me.
Footnote: Early First World War pilots in military aircraft soon discovered that appropriate protective flight goggles were a necessity, due to the cold, sun glare and the all too frequent occurrence of oil leaking into the slipstream and covering the pilot. Originally the German military was caught unprepared and no specific protective goggles for pilots were available, which resulted in the pilots utilizing commercially produced or captured enemy protective goggles. Early in the war, the Carl Zeiss optics firm of Jena developed specific protective flight goggles that became the standard pattern for other manufacturers. Further improvements and refinements of assorted protective flight goggles continued in the inter-war years and by the start of the Second World War, there were no fewer then nine types of protective flight goggles available and nine main manufacturers including, Carl Zeiss, Ernst Leitz, Phillip Winter, O.W. Wagner, Nitsche & Günther, Knothe, Cellowaro, Bauer, Uvex and Auer.
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