Peter Farran

Rayban Aviator Sunglasses

In Classics on October 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Rayban Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses

Creator: Ray-Ban
Created: 1936
Origin: USA

Ray-Ban aviator model sunglasses are metal rimmed, usually golden in color with large tear drop shaped lenses usually dark grey / brown smoked glass. They have transparent acrylic supports for the bridge of the nose and feature the Ray-Ban logo prominently on the top of one of the lenses. They were created in response to the need for sunglasses which blocked out as much peripheral sunlight as possible primarily for shooting but later flying and then more general use. They become popular when seen worn by pilots such as US Army test pilot F.W. “Mike” Hunter and the military even though they weren’t generally used for flying and combat.

Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses were supplied in 1936 to the US Air Force and then later in 1938 to the general public. Popularity soared when worn by General Douglas McArthur as he landed on a beach of The Phillipines during World War II and underwent a revival when they were worn by Tom Cruise in the Top Gun movie of 1986. Whilst consistently popular in the US they have also been popular world wide and to a lesser extent primarily among those enamored of American culture.

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