The famous Ray-Ban brand was created by Bausch & Lomb, an American company.
The first model of RB, "Aviator" was requested by John A. Macready, American Lieutenant. Indeed, he asked Bausch & Lomb opticians to manufacture a pair of "panoramic and enveloping protective" sunglasses with ultraviolet and infrared filtering glass in order to regain optimal comfort when exposed to the sun.
US Air Force ordered this model in 1933 for its fighter pilots, marketing to the general public will take place 3 years later, in 1936.
After a hot-air balloon flight, the aviator John Mac Cready dazzled by the sun, asked these opticians to make covering sunglasses to preserve vision and offer panoramic vision, this is how the famous Aviator sunglasses were born. equipped with G15 solar glass in a grey-green tint.