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Pilot in Blackface

Portrait of pilot with mask on face for protection
Description: Drawing, Pen and Ink; by Joseph Hirsch; C.1943; Framed Dimensions 30H X 24W
Accession #: 88-159-FC as a Gift of Abbott Laboratories
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The Navy pilot, if unprotected from icy blasts while on cold-weather patrol, might suffer serious frostbite. To prevent facial freezing and maintain efficiency of air crews, wind masks are provided. Aerial observation and scouting requires sharp observation, and sometimes it is necessary for the airman to open ports or push aside the cockpit enclosure for unimpeded vision.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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