After World War II, the aviator really became the iconic fashion statement it is today. Throughout the conflict, thousands of aviation personnel would receive their own pair of aviators. General Douglas MacArthur wore his pair of aviators when the U.S. retook the Philippines. Millions of Americans saw photos of the heroic general storming the Philippines with his corn cob pipe, ornate hat, and aviator sunglasses.
When the boys came home, they brought their military aviators with them.
While the aviator has become one of the most popular consumer sunglasses style in the world, it has remained a staple of military gear for the U.S. military. Since 1978, Randolph Engineering has been producing aviator sunglasses for the U.S. military. It is currently in its 4th 5-year term, supplying the HGU-4/P to the US Army and Navy and allied Air Forces world-wide.