Why Do Crash Dummies Have Faces?

Photo for educational/discussion purposes. Please see note below.

The unnatural angle of the head caught my attention. The neck was bent back over the right shoulder in a way that reminded me of an ancient sculpture of agony or passion. The caption of the social media post said the object was a World War II parachute dummy.

But why does it have a face, I wondered — especially like that, with such detail? The eyes, with lids half-parted, seem to gaze into eternity. The…