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Details about  WWII VINTAGE AAF AAC RADIO HEADPHONE HEADSET HELMET BLACK PL-54 JACK PLUG 4 R-14

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WWII VINTAGE AAF AAC RADIO HEADPHONE HEADSET HELMET BLACK PL-54 JACK PLUG 4 R-14
WWII-VINTAGE-AAF-AAC-RADIO-HEADPHONE-HEADSET-HELMET-BLACK-PL-54-JACK-PLUG-4-R-14
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Item condition:
Used

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31 Mar, 2014 18:17:14 BST
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US $9.00
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Approximately £5.72(including postage)
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Item location:
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, United States

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111309397616
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: IMPORTANT: READ THE LISTING DESCRIPTION IN FULL BEFORE BIDDING, ENLARGE ALL PHOTOS! REQUEST ADDITIONAL PHOTOS IF NEEDED B4 BIDDING, AS ALL SALES ARE FINAL. You are bidding on ONE black PL-54 jack plug. Please see below for details on condition.
Country of Manufacture: United States


Please read in detail the following description in its entirety and enlarge all photos, as I provide extensive detail with regard to the two items included in this listing!


You're bidding on ONE (1) OLD STOCK BLACK PL-54 JACK PLUG.  The PL-54 was designed specifically for use with the pre-war R-14 radio receiver that was employed in Army Air Corps/Army Air Force headsets as well as flying helmets.  The R-14/PL-54 was also used in helmets used by tankers and other mechanized troops as part of the HS-38 headset assembly.

Though the R-14/PL-54 remained in use throughout the war it was officially superceded in late 1942 by the red PL-354 plug designed for use on the upgraded ANB-H-1 receiver that was used on both Army Air Force and Naval headsets/flying helmets.

The plug you will receive is in very good, useable condition with no major defects.  The black plug case, clearly stamped 'PL-54', shows minor storage wear but is not cracked and screws easily on and off the interior brass plug. Many of these are frozen into place due to heat shrinkage and literally have to be broken away from the plug for removal.  Not these.  The plug itself includes all original mounting screws, etc. (see photos). 

I have FOUR PL-54 plugs available.  I will combine shipping if more than one is purchased or if you purchase one or both of the red PL-354 plugs I have available in another auction. 

Mix or match, it's all the same to me!





Sold as-is, and all sales are final, so please ask any and all questions you might have before bidding, not after.  And if you require additional photos, please ask for them.  I'll respond promptly with whatever images or additional information you need!

 

Shipping and postage:

Overseas bidders are responsible for all duty that may be owed. Also, non-US bidders should understand that reporting anything but the item's actual value on customs forms is a violation of US federal law and subject to severe penalties if reported, so I must report the item's actual value. I don't make these rules; I do have to live by them!  See listing for shipping fees. Payment is due within 48 hours from the auction's end.  I always do my best to ship within that same timeframe. U.S. shipments go via either first class or priority mail; tracking included either way.  Insurance extra at your request/expense.  Overseas shipments go via first class mail, which is the most affordable way to ship here to there, but there is no tracking.  If you'd like a quote on a faster option with tracking, please ask.  I think a Priority Mail Flat Rate Box would be about $22.00 and it would accommodate as many plugs as you'll need. 


Important Warranty, Wearability and Return Information:

I warrant this item to be as represented via the text and photographs used in this listing. 

I do my best to describe my items as completely as possible, warts and all.  Any modifications or other alterations of which I am aware are fully disclosed in the textual and/or photographic portions of the listing. The rule of thumb is, what you see is what you get.  I cannot describe what I cannot see.  Sometimes I will posit an opinion with regard to areas of potential concern based on past experience.  But I do not have a crystal ball.  I do not 'stress test' the antiques I sell, some of which are nearly a century old,  and I cannot predict how well an item that might have been made while horses were still being used in battle will hold up to actual use today.  My items are acquired from a range of sources, and in all but the rarest of cases will I have some knowledge as to how it has been used, abused, and under what conditions it has been stored, all of which may adversely effect the item's performance if subjected to use by its new owner.  

Many vintage flying helmets appear like they can still be worn today.  But for how long, by whom, and under what conditions, is an open question.  Seams bound by cotton thread could fail and snaps could break free due to stress and/or corrosion. Fabrics, including leather, could literally disintegrate due to age, use, and/or poor storage conditions over time.  Rubber components that appear pristine could literally crumble into dust if flexed.   For these reasons, the buyer assumes sole responsibility for any damage to the item or injury to his person that may occur if the item is used for any manner other than static display.   

In other words, you are purchasing the item as-is, not as it could be, or how it might have been when first manufactured, and I will only accept a return if I have made an egregious error in its depiction.  As you might imagine, I work very diligently to avoid such errors, for your benefit and for mine.

Fit and finish:  

 Vintage flying helmets made of natural materials like cotton or leather can, particularly if they have been worn, experience moderate to severe shrinkage due to their exposure to heat and moisture, both of which can be found in abundance in the un-pressurized cockpit of an aircraft.  Vintage helmets manufactured in the U.S. were generically sized -- small, medium, large and extra-large -- based on generic human dimensions of the time (WWII Royal Air Force helmets were sized using a numeric system, 1-4, governing the same basic sizes).  Because people today are proportionately larger, more than a half-century after WWII ended, it can logically be assumed that a helmet marked "large" in 1945 will not equate to a modern helmet of the same specified size made today, in 2012. 

It should be understood by the buyer that shrinkage due to the aforementioned influences could dramatically increase that size discrepancy and this must be taken into account when evaluating a helmet for purchase.  (The only WWII-vintage flying helmet I am aware of that proved relatively immune to shrinkage was the Navy's Nylon AN6540/42/43 series that came out at the war's end).

Here are some rough guidelines intended to help you make a better-informed purchasing decision:  I display headgear on a standard male styrofoam headform that measures approximately 55cm in circumference, or roughly 21.5", at its greatest point.  For the most part, I use a headform with its ears removed as it yields a cleaner display look, in my opinion.  I strongly recommend against performing this procedure on yourself in order to improve the fit of a helmet.  But you should feel free to inquire how the item up for sale "fits" the headform, and those who might have the ultimate objective of wearing the helmet themselves should first use a tape measure to determine their own head size.  I cannot provide an exact measurement of the item, but I will provide an estimate on how it "fits" (snugly, loosely, etc.) the headform.



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