Who Doesn't Like Air Shows?
If you check out our About Us page you will soon discover our love of airplanes and everything aviation.
If you have ever looked up at the sky when you heard an airplane passing overhead, then you know what I'm talking about.
Most of us have traveled somewhere on an airliner, and I have no doubt you wondered how these machines work.
And when the local airport brings an airshow to town, everyone rushes to the airport to watch.
What Do Air Shows Have To Do With Sunglasses?
Airshow pilots tend to attract a lot of attention with their death defying feats of flying skills. The crowd strain their necks to see airplanes fall from the sky only to recover before impacting the ground! They loop, stream smoke trails and amaze us with their incredible feats of danger.
In fact, they become our heros, and many imagine being just like them.
So it makes sense if a company is selling aviation related products then sponsoring an airshow pilot makes sense, right?
Two of the most famous airshow pilots are Sean D. Tucker and Robert "Bob" Hoover, featured at the top of this post.
Sean D. Tucker
One of them, Sean D. Tucker, is one of the 25 "Living Legends of Flight" named by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
In 1993 Tucker attracted the attention of a new sunglass manufacturing- Randolph Engineering, Inc. - and was chosen to represent them with his 1979 Pitts-S2S biplane named "The Randolph Challenger".
The aircraft bears little resemblance to the original aircraft as it has been modified over the years to endure the abuse he gives it.
Promoting Randolph Sunglasses made perfect sense for a company manufacturing aviator sunglasses for men.
Robert "Bob" Hoover
Bob Hoover is another member of the 25 "Living Legends of Flight" named by the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
As a WWII figher pilot, prisoner of war, test pilot and airshow pilot, Bob Hoover is known as the father of modern aerobatics.
He has been called "the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived" by none other than Jimmy Doolittle!
His amazing life story was captured in the 2014 film called "Flying the Feathered Edge", and you can watch this film by clicking on the image below:
Randolph Engineering, Inc.
The story of Randolph Engineering, Inc. is the story of the journey of two men who escaped Poland at the start of WWII, flew with the British Air Force and came to America to create a world class sunglass manufacturing company.
But soon they decided they could make better sunglass aviators by engineering stronger and more attractive aviator frames with a lifetime joint warranty.
Today Randolph Engineering supplies their Military Aviator Sunglasses to US military pilots through the DOD (Department of Defense).
It is important to understand just how important sunglasses are, and are page "Why Do We Need Sunglasses" outlines the reasons.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and will tell your friends about it.
In the meantime, keep your eyes safe and focused on what's ahead of you Hersch!
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