American Optical (AO) Original Pilot, Silver

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There is no “normal size”, because there are no “normal feet”. Feet in general are either narrow or wide and are all three-dimensional. Shoes, however, are normally produced only in different lengths, because consumers nowadays demand many colorways and designs, rather than varying fits.

In the 1960’s many shoemakers produced a far smaller number of shoes and then produced them in several widths (example: B, D, E, EE etc). Note: Width is not to be confused with a slimmer shoe silhouette.

Do notice that US producers convert US sizes to EU sizes differently, so it can be a help to focus on CM (centimeters) or USA (US).

Sneakers often have a slimmer silhouette than boots, so many will go down half a size from their sneaker size to their boot size.

Narrow and normal width (D):
All boots, shoes and sneakers.

Wide width (EE):
Red Wing 8111EE or 875EE and all Danner boots, as they are all in width EE.

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The Original PilotTM has been a favorite of U.S. military pilots since 1958 and continues to be AO’s best selling style.


Size : 52/55/57-20-140 mm

Frame Color : Silver

Temple Style : Bayonet with clear temple tip

Lens Type : Skymaster™ True Color Gray™ 

100% UV Protection (Lens Filter Categorie 3)

Conform to CE norms

Sold with case and microfiber cloth

Unisex Design


Skymaster™ glass lenses offer superior clarity for the closest thing to your natural vision. Originally developed for pilots Skymaster™ is AO's premium lens option for distortion-free vision.

Gray sun lenses recudes eye fatigue in bright light conditions and are the color of choice for many pilots. True Color Gray™ is chromatically tuned to optimize optics. 

100% UVA/UVB Protection

Anti-reflective backside coating

Oleophobic smudge-resistant coating


Scratch-resistant material and hardcoat

Distortion-free for optical clarity


2020 brings a return to many original details, like handmade acetate temple tips and a vintage nosepad design. Expect uncompromising quality - engineered to rigid military specifications. This is a frame you can wear for life. It’s a look that never goes out of style. Proudly made by American craftsmen using the finest globally sourced components.


It was in 1958 that “Flight Goggle 58″, now better known as the “Original Pilot” was produced for the US military to provide pilots with maximum protection, optical performance and comfort. This is the model that has been retained and made famous in movies like “Top Gun,” “Apocopalypse Now” and “Taxi Driver”. Even today produced “Original Pilot” by AO complex in Southbridge, Massachusetts.


Looking a bit back in time,


The AO heritage began in 1826, when William Beecher, a Connecticut farm boy, came to Southbridge, after an apprenticeship in Providence, Rhode Island, where he learned the jeweler's trade.  This trade he practiced in Southbridge for seven years before his fateful encounter with a pair of typically crude imported spectacles.


"I can do it better," said William Beecher to himself  and he went to work.


The American optical industry was born at that moment.  William Beecher fostered an enduring precept for the company that was to grow into the American Optical Company.




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