You have to admit- one nostalgic look at these classic aviator sunglasses, and you’ll find yourself wishing you could hop on a plane and aim for the clouds.
Randolph Engineering is one of the few companies still manufacturing aviators and is now proudly available in South Africa!
RE was founded in the United States in 1972 by two engineers, Jan Waszkiewicz and Stanley Zaleski. Jan and Stanley started off designing and manufacturing optical tools and machineryand eventually started manufacturing premium performance eyewear. In 1982 RE became the prime contractor for military-style aviation flight glasses for the US Department of Defence.
Their unique "bayonet" style was originally designed simply to fit comfortably under headgear, but it soon became so popular that it became standard issue. RE has been supplying the US military and NASA with exactly these sunglasses for nearly 30 years!
In addition to their collectable classic, RE has also introduced new and unique modern styles with the same meticulous manufacturing which includes more than 200 production steps, mostly done by hand, in every pair of sunglasses. No wonder then that Randolph Engineering guarantees their solder joints for life!
The Bayonet style is still the most popular among pilots as they still fit comfortably under helmets and headphones. They also offer a slightly and fully curved temples. Not only are solder joints guaranteed, but every pair of RE sunglasses comes with a maintenance kit which includes replacement screws, spare nose pads and a small screwdriver,
This is a truly remarkable product made by a truly remarkable company. So put them on, hop in an aircraft and aim for the clouds.