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La Spirotechnique (France)

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La Spirotechnique known for the commercialisation of the AQUALUNG designed by Cousteau and Gagnan. Funded by Air Liquide in 1945.

Web site of 'La Spirotechnique' : http://www.aqualung.com

Related Book(s)

Info on the rebreather and on the CG45

Must have book about the 70 years of La Spirotechnique

EIP 4 Mk0

EIP 4


This picture comes from an article of l'Aventure Sous Marine number 90 of 1972. See the article.

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©copyrights for this object are held by Spirotechnique (Aqualung) http://www.aqualung.com

EIP 5 Mk 0 (proto)

Prototype of the EIP 5 with a different breastplate and no chromed border on the top window.


The picture comes from a catalogue.

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EIP 5 Mk 1

First version of the EIP 5 helmet designed for deep diving up to 300 meters with a gas recovery and diver heating with an under electric heated suit.

The helmet is composed of a upper part with two face ports and a pressure relief valve (as on hard hat helmets), and a lower part with two regulators, the dump valve and all the controls:


The first versions were meant to be used with an electric heated under-suit SVC.

An article from l'Aventure Sous Marine about the SVC suit.

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One of the first EIP 5 helmets, without any removable weight on the top of the helmet and with a different free flow

manifold on the breatsplate

©copyrights for this object are held by Dominique Breheret

EIP 5 Mk 2

The EIP 5 (Equipement Intégré de Plongée) is a deep diving helmet with an integrated reclaim gas system to recover the exhaled gas. It was used at the beginning of the 70's.


This very rare helmet like many others can be seen at the "Musée du Scaphandre" in l'Espalion in France

©copyrights for this object are held by Musée du Scaphandre à l'Espalion http://www.museeduscaphandre.com/


Picture that shows the breastplate version 1 and breastplate version 2. The breathing regulator free flow valve is different.

©copyrights for this object are held by Dominique Breheret

EIP 5 Mk 3

The removable round face port has been replaced by a fixed square face port. The suit deflation lever has disappeared.


Article from the magazine l'Aventure Sous Marine number 119 of May 1978

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EIP 5 Mk 4

Last version of the EIP 5 helmet.


The helmet has lost its chromed window borders and is used by a hot water suit.

Phoque

"Volume Constant" dry suit with its full face mask.

This full face mask was used with the twin hose regulator Narghile.


Helmet from the 50's

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Picture with a constant volume helmet

©copyrights for this object are held by Scaph 50 http://monsite.wanadoo.fr/scaphcinquante/