The original Ray-Ban Aviator glasses were developed by a real pilot in 1920. John Macready was motivated to find better eye protection after an incident involving fellow test pilot Shorty Schroeder. It seems that Shorty was on a test flight that broke the 33,000 foot barrier. Somewhere near the apex, Shorty pulled off his goggles which had fogged over. His eyes immediately began to freeze. Fortunate to land his plane safely, Shorty was helped from the plane by Macready. Distressed by his friend's experience, Macready contacted Bausch & Lomb with some ideas for a green-tinted, tear-drop shaped lens specfically designed to protect a pilot's eyes from the sun and freezing tempertures.
|General Douglas MacArthur rockin' the Ray-Bans circa 1940.|
For more about the histroy of Ray-Ban sunglasses and aviator chic, please follow this link to the full article on BBC.com.