Dark, sleek, and mysterious, Aviator sunglasses have been a prominent figure in fashion since their invention in the 1930s. Because of celebrities
like Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, and Megan Fox, Aviators represent a cool and elusive style that only this model of sunglasses can deliver.
History of Aviator Sunglasses
Ray-Ban's Contribution to WWII
The first Aviator sunglasses
were made by Ray-Ban for World War II pilots. They needed glasses to eliminate sunlight and glare, and provide the best possible
vision amid smoke and flying debris.
Ray-Ban designed the iconic tear-drop frames to mimic the shape of pilot goggles and cover a maximum amount of real estate around each eye.
General Douglas MacArthur put Aviators Sunglasses
on the map in 1944 when he landed on the beach in the
Philippines wearing a pair of the tear-drop shades.
Aviators made a resurgence in popularity when Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer sported them in the 1986 action flick Top Gun
. Since then they have been a mainstay in
celebrity style and fashion.
3 Sizes, Various Colors
Today, Ray-Ban Aviators come in several sizes, styles and colors. The standard large-framed Aviator RB3025
of 58. The
is the largest Aviator frame that Ray-Ban offers. The smallest Ray-Ban Aviator frame is the
Prescription Aviator Sunglasses
Ray-Ban Aviators can be made in your prescription. AFEyewear.com was the first company to offer Prescription Aviators online.
Other Styles and Materials
Ray-Ban also offers other Aviator styles including the Outdoorsman
, which features a brow bar and cable temples, and the
, which features a brow bar with a metal circle beneath it. Both the Shooter and the Outdoorsman come in different sizes
These classic and eternally cool sunglasses are available in different frame materials, including titanium
. The lenses come in various tints with optional gradients and polarization.
Other Brand Aviators
Though the Aviator sunglass design was invented by Ray-Ban, many other high-end sunglass companies have produced their own versions of Aviator sunglasses, including Maui Jim, Serengeti,
Ted Baker, and Coach. Name-brand companies utilize the most highly advanced lens technology to ensure that the lenses provide the clearest vision and are free from lens distortion.