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Molded Rubber Helmet
1941 - 1942
AF Designation
Aviator form
One-Piece Molded Rubber Crown, Back & Ears
In the early 1940's, helmet manufacturers were searching for a durable, lightweight replacement for the leather football helmet. Fibre helmets were lightweight, but lacked durability. Plastic technology was improving rapidly, but early attempts proved to be brittle and failed. In 1941, Rawlings introduced the RH10, a one-piece molded rubber aviator style helmet. The lower portion of the inside of the helmet was padded with an Airlite rubber cushion covered in leather and the crown padding consisted of an eight-point web hammock. Perhaps abandoned due to improvements in plastic alternatives, the molded was no longer sold by 1943.
1941 Rawlings No. RH10