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American Optical "Original Pilot" Sunglasses

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American Optical "Original Pilot" Sunglasses
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Product Description

Engineered to rigid military specifications and issued to millions of U.S. soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen since 1958.

The rugged and sturdy structure and high quality finishing of the steel alloy frame coupled with distortion free, toughened and polished True Color® glass lens have made the AO Flight Gear® Collection the standard bearer of all fine military sunglasses.

The AO heritage began in 1826, but it was in 1958 that the Flight Goggle 58, now known as the Original Pilot Sunglass was produced for the US military to provide pilots with maximum protection, optical performance and comfort. Right to the present time, the Original Pilot is still being manufactured in the AO complex in Southbridge, Massachusetts.

For one year from date of purchase, AO Eyewear will repair or replace this eyewear (at their option) if defective in material workmanship.

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SKU AMO1001
Part # OP52B.BA.TC, OP52G.BA.TC, OP52M.BA.TC, OP52S.BA.TC, OP55B.BA.TC, OP55G.BA.TC, OP55M.BA.TC, OP55S.BA.TC, OP57B.BA.TC, OP57G.BA.TC, OP57M.BA.TC, OP57S.BA.TC
Manufacturer American Optical
Lenses True Grey

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Location:
Fairbanks, Alaska
Occupation / Rating:
Comm, SEL, SES, MES, Type Rating North American T-28
AO Sunglasses
  • A long tradition among military aviators. Quality product.
  • Pros: Quality Product
  • Cons: Much cheaper 40 years ago!
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Location:
Italy
Occupation / Rating:
Pilot
American optical
  • The glasses that I bought are extremely robust and quality, will buy again this product.
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Location:
Florida
Occupation / Rating:
Pilot / Commericial Instrument
AO Sunglasses
  • The Sunglasses are amazing, glass lenses are a definite plus. They look and feel great, and they are perfect for flying or driving. Will be buying another pair.
  • Pros: Quality, price, and company history
  • Cons: None.
Ratings:
Location:
Florida
Occupation / Rating:
Commercial instrument fixed wing
AO sunglasses
  • Amazing glasses, not too dark, and not too light. I find them perfect for flying or for everyday use. I've got multiple pairs of glasses (Ray-bans, Oakley, Carrera, etc) these are quickly becoming my favorite pair. Lastly, you can't beat the quality, price, and history of the product and company.
  • Pros: Quality, price, lenses (glass not plastic aka more scratch resistant)
  • Cons: None
Ratings:
Location:
Henderson, NV
sunglasses
  • Bought the sunglasses for my husband who absolutely loves them!! Will definitely buy from you again! He has worn these type of glasses for years his old frames were really worn out. I found you on the internet for him to order some for him as a surprise. He puts has his prescription glasses in the frames. He is a very happy camper right now!!!

    Thank you
  • Cons: none
Ratings:
Location:
Texas
Occupation / Rating:
Medical Device Sales
Great quality glasses
  • This was my first time to order these Original Pilot Sunglasses and I couldn't be happier. I was inspired by all my heroes from the Apollo Lunar program wearing these glasses for jet flight and all their outdoor training activities. These are of the highest quality which is evident from the sturdy frame and clear optics. The 55's are a perfect fit and the bayonet temples make them universal for anyone's anatomy.
  • Pros: Excellent Quality, Classic style, Perfect fit
  • Cons: non-polarized (they wouldn't be true to the original if they were).
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Location:
NC
AO Original Pilot Sunglasses
  • Excellent sunglasses. Even better was customer service! I received my AO Originals and they appeared to have been damaged during shipping. I called MG same day of arrival and was informed that a new pair would be sent immediately. No hassle!!
    I am avg build and the 52's fit PERFECT. No slipping down the nose and very comfortable. Excellent clarity. Can wear these all day and have no discomfort from any point of contact with the glasses. ZERO buyers remorse. Great purchase.
  • Pros: Excellent fit. Great clarity. SOLID feel.
  • Cons: I only bought 1 pair.
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Fast @ Easy
  • User friendly site. easy to navigate. fare price.
    Overall pleasant to shop online here.
  • Pros: All above
  • Cons: NA
Ratings:
Location:
franklin, wisconcin
Occupation / Rating:
retire fire chief
best sunglasses
  • these are the best sunglasses I ever wear. Had my first pair in the Air Force and been buying them ever since.
  • Cons: nothing bad about these sunglasses
Ratings:
A great product.
  • I try to support "Made in America" products and am willing to pay more money for those. I could not determine the location that the glasses were made, but I hope not in China.

    I have bought your sunglasses since 1967 and hope to continue to do so!

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Ratings:
Recommended
  • These sunglasses seem to be well made with quality construction.
    The lens also seem high quality though the lens colour takes some time to get used to. This is most probably that I am used to wearing Serengeti Polarized sunglasses which have a different tint.
    Overall I do recommend these glasses.
Ratings:
GREAT GLASSES!!!!
  • SUNGLASSES ARE FABULOUS. I RECENTLY BROKE MY ORIGINAL PAIR THAT I HAD SINCE 1978 WHILE IN THE AIR FORCE. GREAT REPLACEMENT. I'M HOPING THESE WILL LAST JUST AS LONG. I WILL BE PURCHASING A BACK UP PAIR. THE ALL BLACK ONES!!!! THANKYOU VERY MUCH.
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Great
  • I have been using these for 45 years. I will wear nothing else.
Ratings:
Excellent
  • Fast shipping, good description of product, helpful staff on phone, great pricing
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Not a pilot, but I travel all over the world...
  • Not a pilot, but I travel all over the world and my pilot glasses are always with me.
Ratings:
Good frames. Reasonable price.
  • Pretty much the same article as I was issued in the Navy. In fact, I think AO had the contract then. Maybe it's Randolph now. I own both and there is little, if any difference, except the price, which is DOUBLE for the Randophs.
Ratings:
Excellent
  • I purchased a pair of the American Optical sunglasses and they are great. I was issued a pair when I was on flight status in the Army and these glasses are exactly the same! the fit style and quality are perfect. I am curremtly employed as a flight nurse and wear them with my flight helmet ( and all the time when I'm not flying as well). Excellent product. The service and timely manner in which they arrived was as good as the product itself!
Ratings:
Best sunglasses there are.
  • I had a pair of these years ago (can't remember if they were the Randolph Engineering or AO) that I had cut my own custom lenses for back when I was in optical school. It was a shame that somehow over the years they got lost, so I was really happy to find these, since I have never found any others that look as good. This particular frame (52 size) is the best size and shape for me and I've always liked the way these look. The lenses are nice and clear, way better than the stuff you usually get. I even like these better than my various polarized sunglasses. The one minor beef I have with these is due to the same slight design problem these have always had; the angle of the blade on the temples presses into my head a little too much at the top edge, because they angle in slightly toward the top for some strange reason (this design has always been that way). Other than that, I can't recommend these highly enough; Sharp, iconic and functional.
Ratings:
Excellent
  • Sunglasses were delivered as promised...
Ratings:
Coolest sunglasses ever
  • These are the coolest sunglasses ever. It took two weeks before they were delivered, (my mistake for having them sent cheap), but it was worth waiting for it.

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Original A/O Pilots
  • I love these sunglasses! The very same quality that I remember from my time in the Navy 1972-1976 as a Corpsman HM2.
Ratings:
Great glasses
  • Just like the ones i had in pilot training
Ratings:
Exactly like Randolph Engineering
  • I hesitated to buy these because I've always worn the ones from Randolph Engineering I used to buy from Barksdale AFB. I worried these would be cheaply made because they are less than half the price of my usual choice. These are exactly the same as the Randolph Engineering glasses. I'm a convert.
Ratings:
Exactly what you want.
  • As a former Navy fighter pilot I came to know good sunglasses when I found them. Years later I came back to American Optical and...there they were. Many have come up to me and asked, "where" and "how much." They were delighted at my answers.

    The only problem I have is theft. Leave them in the car or on the bar and you'll never see 'em again.
Ratings:
Outstanding Product
  • I'm glad they still make these, I have worn them for over 45 years since I was a gunner on a Marine Corps helicopter. Of course, I've gone through at least a dozen pair, and you have the best price, quality, and service.

    This is the 3rd pair I got from you

    Semper Fi

    Tom W.
Ratings:
Great quality and quick delivery
  • I received the best price on the sunglasses and the quality was as advertised. I chose regular delivery and had them on my face in 48 hours. I am very satisfied with the service and product.
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It is very nice. Essential for me.
  • Very good and I always wear especially driving under the sun or snow. I bought two pair already. I will buy another.
Ratings:
excellent
  • only pair of glasses that I will own
Ratings:
fantastic
  • Been using the them from the last 1960's
Ratings:
Quality and price
  • Very iconic pair of sunglasses with quality comparable to anything the big name designers have to offer from a site whose customer service cannot be beat! Thanks again, guys.

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Ratings:
The very best.
  • My first sunglasses were supplied by the US-Airforce in 1971 during Pilot Training.
    Since I don't fly anymore, I replaced the normal glass by polarized glass. But it's still the original frame from 1971.
    This one I bought for my wife. And by the way, here in Germany you pay much more. I'm glad I found this shop.
Ratings:
5 stars. absolutely.
  • sturdy frame that retains its original shape. snug, comfortable fit. excellent, undistorted vision. the best sunglasses i ever had (and i've had them all).the model i have is the original pilot 55.
Ratings:
good
  • it helps me on my professional duties
Ratings:
great product and great service
  • First, I loved the glasses. I have an average square face and got the 55s in original gold. Look good, do not feel heavy as some said they might, and work well, too.

    Second, this site was one of the easiest I found to purchase these that had a good price, reasonable return policy (not that I now need it), and good selection. And my order arrive a day earlier than I thought.

    If you're looking for AOs, start here - you'll also end up here, as well.
Ratings:
no doubt this is the best choice
  • This is the best product i had ever seen
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Likes
  • i like it very much.
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AO SUNGLASSES
  • I have my AO SUNGLASSES since the air force back home in Greece
    they were suppllied to the Hellenic air forces by contract of the United States
    So I have them ever since 1968. I love them and I can't be without them.
Ratings:
Very Good
  • I bought from Marv three months ago when my Maui Jims finally gave out. Excellent sunglasses. Also, I have always been a big fan of polarization, but flying with a glass cockpit, I had to go non-polarized which these are. It has worked out well. These are a bargain. Buy them!
Ratings:
Good shades, great price
  • Before I purchased the AO's, I wore Ray-Ban aviators for over thirty years. I'd buy a new pair every few years because they'd get bent, broken or lost. I've been wearing the AO's for about a year and find them to be a more robust design, so unless I unfortunately lose them, I won't be in the market. if I were, I'd definitely select these again. Optics are as good as the Ray-Bans and I find them more comfortable. In addition, when you compare these to the competition, you can't find a better product for multiples of the price. I even bought my brother a pair.







Ratings:
Khobani
  • AO Original Pilot Sunglasses the first in the world for eyeware pilots
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