Endurance - in the air

12 October 2022

Our current exhibition, Endurance, shows how good design and the right choice of plastics materials can play a part in reducing risk to life and help us to survive in a variety of situations.  The exhibition is made up of 11 cases the first of which, in the air, features a single object.

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Gentex Alpha 900 flying helmet.  https://www.modip.ac.uk/artefact/aibdc-009126

The Gentex Alpha 900 flying helmet is a 2021 model and has been designed for both fixed and rotary wing aircraft (fixed-wing aircraft include those that are propeller driven or jet engine powered and have wings that do not move; rotary-wing aircraft are those that are powered by rotating blades, such as helicopters) and is intended for both civilian and military use. The helmet system which is based on an epoxy resin aramid and a carbon fibre one piece shell, is modular so that it can be built or adapted to include the user’s specific requirements. It covers the full head; top, sides from the temple area down to below the ears, and the back, for comprehensive protection, and has specified communications, respiratory, hearing, eye and face protection with replaceable and serviceable parts that contribute to reduced costs and improved deployment time.

The exhibition is open until March 2023 and can be viewed in the museum or online.

Louise Dennis, Curator