Höhenflug, the cheap way.

Germany was a world leader in the development of oxygen gears throughout the 1930’s until the early WWII. They were also very pragmatical people. The definitely crude, rubber mouthpiece and nose “pince” was still in use in some extent at the outbreak of the war. Transport pilots seem to have “enjoyed” for quite a long time this totally unglamorous contraction.
Magnificent portrait of a pilot taken during a supposed high-altitude flight. The subject wears the Luftwaffe second type mouthpiece (with its expiration valve) and the awful nose “pince”. Well-protected against the cold, he also uses the standard early-WW2 LKpW 100 flying helmet and what looks to me like a model 295 windshutzbrille goggles or something similar.

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