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All About Aviator Sunglasses
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

Aviator Sunglasses in 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 has an eye size of 58. The RB3026 is the largest Aviator frame that Ray-Ban offers. The smallest Ray-Ban Aviator frame is the RB3044.

Prescription Aviator Sunglasses

Ray-Ban Aviators can be made in your prescription. AFEyewear.com was the first company to offer Prescription Aviators online.


RB3026 Prescription

RB3025 Prescription

RB3030 Prescription


Other Styles and Materials

Ray-Ban also offers other Aviator styles including the Outdoorsman, which features a brow bar and cable temples, and the Shooter, which features a brow bar with a metal circle beneath it. Both the Shooter and the Outdoorsman come in different sizes as well.

These classic and eternally cool sunglasses are available in different frame materials, including titanium and carbon fiber. The lenses come in various tints with optional gradients and polarization.

3029 Outdoorsman II 3030 Outdoorsman with Cable Temples 3138 Shooter


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.


Prada Sport 50IS

Electric Bullitt

Serengeti Medium Aviator

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