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REL/17907.003
ID number REL/17907.003
Title Polaroid B-8 Flying goggles : Royal Australian Air Force
Collection Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Maker Polaroid
Place made United States of America
Date made c 1943-1950s
Physical description
  • Chamois;
  • Elastic;
  • Metal;
  • Plastic;
  • Rubber;
On display Main building: Korea, Malaya & Indonesia Gallery: Upper Level

Description

Pair of black rubber Polaroid B-8 Flying goggles with clear plastic one-piece lens fitted. The inside of the goggles is lined with yellow chamois leather, and the adjustable elastic and webbing strap is heavily soiled. The upper edge of the black rubber frame is perforated to allow air circulation, and contains, in raised type, the words: 'POLAROID AVIATION GOGGLE NO.1065 T.M. REG. U.S. PAT. OFF.'


Summary

The US designed B-8 flying goggles, introduced in 1943, were one of the most successful eyewear designs of the Second World War. Its rubber frame was easily adaptable to fit most faces and variations in oxygen equipment, and its large one-piece lens gave an excellent field of vision. A variety of interchangeable tinted lenses for use in different conditions were also available. The B-8 was popular with many Allied airmen, and saw some use by RAAF personnel in the SW Pacific area during WWII. By the time of the Korean War, it was in general use by Australian pilots, and continued to be standard equipment for many years afterwards.