OUR MILITARY HERITAGE

The Randolph Aviator has been standard-issue to U.S. military pilots since the 1980s, built to precise military specifications—MIL-S-25948, to be exact, a 20-page document consisting of some of the most rigid set of manufacturing specs around that we follow to a “T”.

BUILT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE U.S. MILITARY

 

1978 – Randolph produces eyewear as a subcontractor for the U.S. military.

1982 – The United States Air Force contracts Randolph to produce the HGU-4/P Aviator sunglass.

1990, Desert Storm – The Department of Defense contracts Randolph to produce 70,000 optical inserts annually for the M17 chemical-biological mask, used during Operation Desert Storm. When the D.O.D. requests an accelerated delivery of optical inserts, Randolph postpones its commercial program, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to meet wartime demand. Randolph delivers 200,000 units before the conclusion of Desert Storm. Not a single unit is returned due to quality issues. An Air Force colonel personally visits the Randolph factory to thank its employees for the patriotic and timely support of the Armed Forces and presents the Chairman of Randolph Engineering with a Certificate of Appreciation.

2000 – Randolph wins its first contract for the Frame of Choice (FOC) spectacle program, which provides the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and NASA with an alternative to standard-issue military spectacles.

2017 – Randolph continues to produce the HGU-4/P for the U.S. Army and Navy and air forces worldwide, and maintains the Frame of Choice contract, now in its fourth five-year term.

STANDARD-ISSUE TO THE U.S. MILITARY SINCE 1982

 

With a tireless work ethic and endless determination, our founders built Randolph into an elite eyewear manufacturer, eventually winning a contract to produce military-spec aviator sunglasses for the U.S. Military, a contract we hold to this day.

MADE IN AMERICA

 

Throughout Randolph’s history, our family-owned New England factory has honored its commitment to American jobs and manufacturing—even as other sunglass companies began moving their operations offshore in the 1980s. We are proud to be the only remaining metal eyewear manufacturer in the USA. Three generations later, Randolph remains a family-owned and -operated company; our eyewear is now sold in more than 50 countries. Our founders’ legacy of integrity, quality, hard work, and respect has shaped every one of our brand initiatives and our company culture as a whole.