The Original Pilot has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots since 1958. The rounded-square lens shape and bayonnette-style temple tips produce this signature look for the classic military aviator - and creates a fantastic look for men and women.
For nearly two centuries, American Optical sunwear has been the choice of US presidents, the first on the moon, and has been immortalized in Hollywood history. Today, in their state-of-the-art American factory, AO produces the quality, classic eyewear that has defined their True Original style... since 1833!
The Original Pilot is available in three sizes:
Original Pilot 57 (Large):
Frame Measurements: 57 – 20 – 140 Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare
Maximum Frame Width: 151mm
Vertical Lens Height: 48mm
Comfortably Fits: Larger Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide
Original Pilot 55 (Medium):
The Original Pilot 55 is slightly sized down and recommended for small to medium sized faces.
Frame Measurements: 55 – 14 – 140 Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare
Maximum Frame Width: 137mm
Vertical Lens Height: 46mm
Comfortably Fits: Small to Medium Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide
Original Pilot 52 (Small):
The Original Pilot 52 is slightly sized down and recommended for smaller faces.
Frame Measurements: 52 – 20 – 140 Learn how to measure your existing frames to compare
Maximum Frame Width: 138mm
Vertical Lens Height: 42mm
Comfortably Fits: Small Faces - View our Eyeglasses Fitting Guide
If you have a prescription from your doctor, these frames can be made with custom Rx lenses. Select one of the two Rx options below:
These glasses are authentic in every detail to pairs that I had and lost during my USAF career. They almost make me feel young again.
I wouldn’t have any other frame. My one comment to improve the product. I wear the gold frames and over time (about a year) the temple metal begins to corrode and turn green under the plastic temple tips. I would hope that there would be some way to better seal them (or some routine maintenance that I could do to prevent it.
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