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?
Information assembled by Santiago Alonso and Jared Newitt