|Aerial view of Southbridge and the American Optical Company, via Digital Treasures|
In 1958 the Original Pilot model was manufactured specifically for the US Military and offered maximum protection and comfort. In fact, it was the first pair of sunglasses on the moon, worn by Neil Armstrong and the crew of Apollo 11 mission.
I recommend you check out Dick Whitney's American Optical History website if you're interested in the history of American Optical. His website might need a design update, but it contains tons of information. In our store the Original Pilot is currently available in 3 colors: Silver, Black and Matte Chrome. Gold will be available on short notice.