SUNGLASSES

 

AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR 

AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR

The sunglasses "Calobar" engraved pouch.

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR

"Calobar" (and "Cosmetan") are trademark registered by American Optical Corporation of Southbridge,Massachusetts.

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL CALOBAR

The sunglasses "Calobar" engraved pouch.

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AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN 

AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN

The sunglasses "Cosmetan" engraved pouch.

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN

The engraved "1/10 12K GF" has strangely been cancelled. The code means that 1/10 of the total weight of the item (eyeglass frames minus lenses, of course) is 12K gold (plated).

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN

Interestingly, the lenses includes straight top segments fused bifocal sectors, suggesting a long pilot career or possibly some "desk flying" use of the sunglasses.

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AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN
AN-6531 AMERICAN OPTICAL COSMETAN

The sunglasses "Cosmetan" engraved pouch.

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AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2 

AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2
AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2

Looks that the classic "teardrop" shape of the lenses evolved in order to allow pilots to glance down at their instrument panels without having the obstruction of the tradition-rounded frames impeding their view.

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AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2
AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2

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AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2
AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2

All Swiss Air Force American Optical and Optiswiss sunglasses were fitted with "comfort cable" sidepieces.

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AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2
AMERICAN OPTICAL AN6531/ G-2

Looks that the classic "teardrop" shape of the lenses evolved in order to allow pilots to glance down at their instrument panels without having the obstruction of the tradition-rounded frames impeding their view.

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AO OPTISWISS F-343

AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS
AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS

Standard "comfort cable" type, in use by the Swiss AF well into the 1990's. Inspired by USAAF G-2 sunglasses, produced under licence by AO Optiswiss Company.

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AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS
AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS

F-343 have stronger and heavier frames and bridge compared to the “original” models.

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AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS
AO OPTISWISS PILOTSUNGLASS

Standard "comfort cable" type, in use by the Swiss AF well into the 1990's. Inspired by USAAF G-2 sunglasses, produced under licence by AO Optiswiss Company.

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P 58mm

RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

The HGU-4/P sunglasses were adopted because they worked much better with newer helmet designs. Those helmets required a sleeker sunglasses design that could fit under the new anti-windblast visors and oxygen masks. Replacing the G-2 models,The HGU-4/P are metal frame sunglasses with plastic tipped temples.

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

Designed to be compatible with any US oxygen mask and helmet type, the sunglasses conforms to easy donning and removing while wearing headgear because of the straight temple. The straight temple also relieves the pressure behind the ears.

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

The HGU-4/P sunglasses were adopted because they worked much better with newer helmet designs. Those helmets required a sleeker sunglasses design that could fit under the new anti-windblast visors and oxygen masks. Replacing the G-2 models,The HGU-4/P are metal frame sunglasses with plastic tipped temples.

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P 52mm

RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

The HGU-4/P sunglasses replaced the F-343 by begin of the ’90, with the withdrawal of the H-5 helmet from flight operations.

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

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RANDOLPH HGU-4/P
RANDOLPH HGU-4/P

The HGU-4/P sunglasses replaced the F-343 by begin of the ’90, with the withdrawal of the H-5 helmet from flight operations.

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