Alternative Name(s): 'Black Box' Flight Recorder

ARL Flight Memory recorder airborne prototype voice plus data recorder unit. This unit was invented by Dr David Warren and developed at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne. The wire recording technology was based on a Minifon pocket recorder. The airborne unit was successfully tested on 15 March1962 in Fokker Friendship VH-CAV flown from Essendon airport, Melbourne.

This invention subsequently became colloquially known as the 'black box flight recorder'.

Physical Description

Small metal box with open sides and two three-layered reels on top. Each reel has a thin wire wound around it. One reel is made of blue plastic the other is made of silver metal.

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