These originate from the estate of Air Force Pilot E. Fobel, who flew P-47 Thunderbolts during the war.Based on the standard Army Officer Dress Cap, this specific style was worn by Air Force Pilots and Air Crew. The main difference was the removal of the internal wire stiffener, which would then allow Radio Headsets to sit comfortable on the user's head.
Most often associated with the European Theatre in Olive Drab, these were also made in a Tan Khaki, seen most in the Pacific Theatre. Standardized in November 1941, the AN6531 Aviator Sunglasses were. Made to a joint standard shared by the U.
Army Air Corps and the U. As a result the lens carried an "AN" (Army/Navy) specification number: the AN6531. Government specified the shape of the lens and the color, which was initially a 50% green tint. This tint proved insufficient to protect pilot's eyes from sun glare so this lens was superseded by the AN6531 Type 2 lens in rose smoke. Bausch & Lomb, The Chas.
(which primarily made AN6530 Goggles) and Willson. Frame and hinge design varied slightly from contractor to contractor. Made of glass with a wire frame, these AN6531 Aviator Sunglasses are in VERY NICE used condition!
No damage, but there are various marks, scratches and wear to both the frames and glass lenses. The lenses themselves are the Type 1, and though they are not marked, I believe these were manufactured by Bausch and Lomb, based on the temple/arm style. Some scratches on the lenses, as you can see in the photos. Included with this set is the original 1944 Air Force Training Class Book; his Air Force Patch; andsome Small Pamphlets that were given to E.
Fobel upon his graduation at Moore Field. Situated at Mission, TX, this Airfield was. Home of the 503d, 504th and 506th school squadrons, Army Air Forces Pilot School (Advanced Single Engine), the flying training units. The flying school was re-designated as the 2d Training Group in 1943. The facility conducted advanced pilot training of 6,000 pilots using BT-13, PT-19, AT-6, P-36 and P-43 aircraft.
The school was reorganized as the 2529th Army Air Force Base Unit (Pilot School, Advanced Single Engine) on 1 April 1944. Note that I have other items from E. Fobel's estate that I have posted in other listings. A PERFECT addition to any collection or display!