Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The aviator


I got my pair of Ray Ban Aviators in the mail the other day. I chose the brown gradient mirror lens with gold metal trim. My friends may say that I look like a State Trooper, but I like their retro style and shape.

Ray Ban has been making these since 1965, according to Wikipedia, and they were apparently made for pilots because of the sun and glare. But they really hit their peak in the 1980s with films such as Top Gun.
I don't think anyone, however, could look as bad ass wearing them as General Douglas MacArthur landing on the beaches of the Philippines in World War II. 

I love the photos of the actual pilots from WWII wearing them best. I don't know who to attribute the aviators in these WWII era pictures. Was there a manufacturer before Ray Ban? Or did Ray Ban exclusively manufacture them for pilots during WWII?


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