The Amazing History of the Aviator Sunglasses

We all have seen pictures of the famous Aviator Sunglasses, or what they were originally called - "pilot's glasses" they were developed in 1936 by Bausch & Lomb for pilots to protect their eyes while flying, thus the name aviator. This style of sunglasses is now know as a fashion sunglasses is credited with being one of the first  polarized style of sunglasses to be developed. In its military usage, the aviasunglasses replaced the outmoded flight goggles used previously, as they were lighter, thinner, and more elegantly designed. Writing about the transition of aviators from military gear to commercial product, Vanessa Brown wrote that, “The War was a … revelation of the sheer might, scale, power, and horror of the modern world … [which] necessitated a new kind of military demeanor and gave rise to new definitions of the heroic stance which was to have a profound influence on modern fashion.” Eventually the aviator sunglasses produced by Bausch & Lomb were trademarked as “Ray Bans” and the reset is history.

The Aviator Sunglasses became a well-known style of sunglasses when General Douglas MacArthur landed on a beach in the Philippines in World War II[ and newspaper photographers snapped several pictures of him wearing them making them a lasting image of the Second World War. Bausch & Lomb dedicated a line of sunglasses to him in 1987.

General MacArthur's signature look included his ornate hat, corncob pipe and aviator sunglasses.

Now you know the great history of this American Classic the Aviator Sunglasses.