Why Does Each US Air Force Pilot Helmet Cost $400,000?

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  • Published on Dec 12, 2018
  • Why does a helmet of a F-35 pilot cost $400,000? What actually is in one of these US Air Force helmets?
    Pilot helmets- long gone are the days when ace pilots took to the skies with just a pair of goggles and a leather helmet to protect from the cold. Nowadays pilots wear helmets that give them powers of perception from their perches high above the clouds- but what kind of technology is a pilot's helmet packing, and is it really worth the $400,000 price tag revealed for the F-35's helmet? Hello and welcome to another episode of The Infographics Show- today we're taking a look at what's inside a pilot's helmet.
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Comments • 3 725

  • The Infographics Show
    The Infographics Show  Year ago +1421

    That's one cool piece of equipment.
    Is it worth the price? Would you like to have any of its technology used in every day life?

    • Liberate The World
      Liberate The World 21 day ago

      svenm sandity if it were that cheap, then everyone in the United States military would have one. It would go along with the 17,500 dollars worth of equipment the soldiers have. It would be futuristic era.

    • SkyrimFusrodah 28214824
      SkyrimFusrodah 28214824 Month ago

      1:15 y'all guys who's with me!!!

    • svenm sandity
      svenm sandity 2 months ago

      400000$ is clearly money grab no doubt about it a helmet alone before outfitted with the tech shouldnt cost more then a bullet proof vest at the same stander 2000$ custom fitting so 4 people to at 30$ a hour each job would take about 1 hour for the measurements building the helm itself about 2-3 hours of human input max the rest is machine which energy costs would = about 400$ total and i mean the tech inside the helm couldnt cost more then 1000$ so all in all 5 grand per helm is how much it costs them to make after the fact of building the software but making 1000-2000 helmets at 10000$ would recoup any costs they lost from human labor in making the software

    • Jeremiah N.
      Jeremiah N. 2 months ago

      X-ray would be lovely.

    • leapdrive
      leapdrive 3 months ago

      New name for the helmet? Infomet!

  • A r z e i 2
    A r z e i 2 3 days ago

    Are you telling me that an airforce helmet is basically an iron man helmet

  • chuckschilling
    chuckschilling 3 days ago

    Why does it cost $400K? Because Defense Department procurement. That's why.

  • єχı gəи
    єχı gəи 5 days ago

    I'd like to have on of those on my glasses..

  • proger
    proger 7 days ago

    That helmet is amazing

  • Devyn The Dredgen
    Devyn The Dredgen 7 days ago

    So...do the pilots keep them?

  • Jaydon Dole
    Jaydon Dole 8 days ago +1

    Now I'm wondering since it's specifically designed for a pilot would they get to keep it after everything?

  • Highteenx3
    Highteenx3 8 days ago +1

    Imagine if you had an f35 and your friends want turns to fly but the helmet does fit. Why didn't they do that for food

  • Highteenx3
    Highteenx3 8 days ago

    Iron man but with a plane

  • Jojo
    Jojo 9 days ago

    It’s funny that the only helmet that actually costs 400,000 is the helmets in the F-35A/B/Cs plus some JHMCS helmets. A standard HGU-55/P helmet and MBU-20/P oxygen mask can be acquired for less than 2000.

  • Vu Nguyen
    Vu Nguyen 12 days ago

    Wow each of these pilot can bring their helmet home after retirement as a 🏆 and souvenir for flying F35

  • JaCk MeOff
    JaCk MeOff 17 days ago

    1:30 i think i have this in my mercedes cls lol

  • Mshark
    Mshark 18 days ago

    bruh the info on the pilot says peter griffin

  • NEO O
    NEO O 20 days ago

    Check out the TIC TAC Ufo navy videos we need this tech look what we are up against..

  • Jonathan waugh
    Jonathan waugh 21 day ago

    Iron man comes to mind 🤔🤔

  • AWAWA BO
    AWAWA BO 22 days ago

    yeah yet we have waster issues,school,medical,and hunger sureee...what happened when pilot leave the army?

  • Jerome Guarin
    Jerome Guarin 23 days ago

    😍

  • lfxcamaro
    lfxcamaro 24 days ago

    Do the sr71 history and specs etc

  • SKM GAMER
    SKM GAMER 24 days ago

    😲u can buy 4 Dodge demons of just the cost of f35s helmet.
    😵

  • Ingvar Poom
    Ingvar Poom 26 days ago

    So us airforse pilot helmets are like iron man helmet?

  • Bacon
    Bacon 26 days ago

    2019: fighter pilot helmet has xray and night vision!!!wow
    2030:you can play mario in this helmet

  • Marcus Spartan
    Marcus Spartan 29 days ago

    Just be reading the tittle thats unnacurate. Just the F35s Helmets cost that much. That dosn't apply to other combat aircrafts.

  • discount morty
    discount morty Month ago

    Luke dun need no 400,000 dollars helmet he use the force and only the force.May da force be with ya

  • John C
    John C Month ago

    I do work on the Apache which uses a very similar system and the capabilities described here are already 20 years old.

  • Danny Hidalgo
    Danny Hidalgo Month ago

    Does it come w TVclip feed?

  • Ghost Killzzz
    Ghost Killzzz Month ago +2

    So bassicly these are like the tony stark helmets

    • Ghost Killzzz
      Ghost Killzzz 27 days ago +1

      @FNG Waffles oh boy a guy who thinks generalizing a whole community of millions of people into one category is a cool thing to do

    • FNG Waffles
      FNG Waffles 27 days ago +1

      Ghost Killzzz oh boy a fortnite kid

  • 1256 8488
    1256 8488 Month ago

    That’s insane

  • Michael Garcia
    Michael Garcia Month ago

    So it's an Oculus Rift times 1000x

  • killjoys make some noise

    u wil never completly get rid of lag

  • GG505
    GG505 Month ago

    2:56- pilot: Petter Griff. Lol

  • T0X1C
    T0X1C Month ago

    You get a free pilot helmet on cod

  • Chris Lee
    Chris Lee Month ago +2

    USA: Spends trillions on high tech Jets and equipment/technology
    Russia: Builds s400 missile system making any plane in the air obsolete
    -Checkmate....

  • ? Idk
    ? Idk Month ago

    Face reveal

  • 21Studio
    21Studio Month ago

    They didnt thought my evil twin could have worn my helmet

  • y y
    y y Month ago

    *from, apple*

  • Sonic57053 The Transit Fanner

    It cost $400,000 to wear this helmet


    *For 12 Seconds*

  • Forward
    Forward Month ago

    Jet crashes, lets steal it

  • Mark Kettelhut
    Mark Kettelhut Month ago

    at 2:50 it says the pilot was peter griffin

  • Jacob Shott
    Jacob Shott Month ago

    I need this

  • Classy fella
    Classy fella Month ago

    Real life iron man

  • J Kindness
    J Kindness Month ago +1

    Epstein actually killed himself

  • Yesm Yenv
    Yesm Yenv Month ago

    And the blayths' helmet costs 1 kopek◆

  • crazybrickstudios
    crazybrickstudios Month ago +1

    *”batteries sold separately”*

  • Julio Jackson
    Julio Jackson Month ago

    Corporate Greed drives up the cost. Elon Musk can build a better fighter jet than the F 35 for the price of that helmet.

  • Trashy Fortnite Content Creator

    No one gonna mention the spider sense?

  • Justin Rivera
    Justin Rivera Month ago

    6.66M subs

  • MrMikeX
    MrMikeX Month ago +1

    hey is it possible for a civillian like me to buy such helmet?

  • Joe Cheang
    Joe Cheang Month ago +1

    A $400k helmet should come with the advance nose digging device. Another $200k, Sir.

  • Earth
    Earth Month ago

    I saw that family guy sentence...

  • nathan99
    nathan99 Month ago

    3:41 I just now realized that UAVs are real.

  • Michael M
    Michael M Month ago

    Because it's a government contract; so of course it's going to be over-priced.

  • b novak
    b novak Month ago

    helmet is super so is the technology, it is worth even more than 400.000$ if it helps to save both pilot and the 130m$ plane. But on the other hand also a laptop and smart phone could cost 400.000$ compare to the technology they pack. I think this price tag of 400.000$ is just a way how this government contractor justify high cost. I think program investment and research are high but once this technology is made to the serial production those helments couldn't be more than 10.000$.
    my humble opinion.

  • Marjahan Begum
    Marjahan Begum Month ago

    anyone realize at 2:51 it says recommended lunch:Boiled Chicken Breast?

  • A-10 boi Boom boom
    A-10 boi Boom boom Month ago

    NOT ROCKET IT IS MISSEL

  • CLASSIFIEDGTA
    CLASSIFIEDGTA Month ago

    That's awesome asf.

  • Hideika
    Hideika Month ago +1

    if EA had owned the the Air Force

  • Joe Smith
    Joe Smith Month ago

    2:55 lunch recommendation boiled chicken breast

  • Shizuo Heiwajima
    Shizuo Heiwajima Month ago

    Because government is a sucker for buying anything at any price since it’s not their money anyway.

  • Raider L
    Raider L Month ago

    Is this a video game...?

  • Peter Morales
    Peter Morales 2 months ago

    so it's basically a weaponized VR headset