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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.

In fact the Original Pilot Sunglass was honored to be the first ever sunglass to land on the moon worn by Commander Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11 in 1969.  It now resides on permanent display in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


Subsequent years saw numerous collections of AO frames and sunglasses made and sold.  A plethora of fascinating and mind-boggling shapes, colors, sizes, materials and designs were offered.  They were the trendsetters in their own right.  AO Sunvogue sunglasses could be found on the cool bikers in the 1969 movie, Easy Rider.  The hotshot aviators in "Top Gun" wore aviator shaped frames as well.

In the fashion industry, trends and eyewear designs come and go.  Occasionally a style or two will return for a period.  AO Eyewear prides itself on its products, classic lines and styling.  These products, developed with function first, remain in vogue year in and year out.

At AO Eyewear, we are as committed as the founders of the company to continue to uphold the value of producing the highest quality, innovative and design-driven eyewear products that withstand the test of time.

  American Optical Pilot 55 Pilot 55 Gold

125 € 112 €

  American Optical Pilot 55 Pilot 55 Silver

125 € 112 €