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Douglas MacArthur

What's up with those Aviators?

Before the general public had access to Aviator sunglasses, they were created for military pilots.

Originally developed by Bausch & Lomb, then branded by Ray-Ban in 1936, the design was intended to protect the eyes of pilots during flight and help diffuse incoming light. They were simply called “Pilot Glasses.”

After the media caught General Douglas MacArthur wearing Aviators on a beach in the Philippines during World War II, the general public went into a state of frenzy over their unique style. Aviators were quickly made available through retail markets to the general public.

Since then, Aviator sunglasses have become increasingly fashionable in pop culture, abroad, and are still worn by our own hip pilots.

Who’s worn them?

  • Erick Estrada wore them in the TV Series“CHiPs” (1977-1983)
  • Sylvester Stallone wore them in “Cobra” (1986)
  • Tom Cruise, Val Kilmer and their comrades wore them in “Top Gun” (1986)
  • T-1000 (Robert Patrick) wore them in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)
  • Benicio Del Toro wore them in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” (1998)
  • Johnny Knoxville wore them in “Jackass: The Movie” (2002)
  • Rihanna wore them during MTV’s VMA Live Performance (2008)
  • Andrew Lincoln wore them in the TV Series “The Walking Dead” (2010-Present)
  • Mila Kunis wore them in “The Book of Eli” (2010)
  • Matthew McConaughey wore them in“Killer Joe” (2011)
  • Daniel Craig wore them in “Skyfall” (2012)
  • Jessica Chastain wore them in “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger wore them in “The Last Stand” (2013)
  • Brad Pitt wore them at the “World War Z” Premier (2013)
  • Jennifer Lopez wears them as seen on the streets of Los Angeles (2013)

 

Information assembled by Santiago Alonso and Jared Newitt

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