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ARL Flight Memory Recorder - Wire Voice & Data Recorder, 1962 Object Reg. No: ST 033195

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 23 November 1962 in Fokker Friendship VH-CAV flown from Essendon airport, Melbourne.

This invention subsequently became colloquially known as the 'black box flight recorder'.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Aeronautical Research Laboratories (ARL), 1982
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 78 mm (Height), 158 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: aeroplanes, flight recorders, flight memory recorders, australian innovations, innovation design
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, Transport Collection, ARL Flight Memory Recorder, Fokker Friendship, Dr David Warren, AO, Research Scientist & Inventor (1925-2010)
Primary Classification: AIR TRANSPORT
Secondary Classification: Safety & Regulation
Tertiary Classification: flight recorders
On top of blue plastic reel: Protono/minifon P55
Manufacturer: Aeronautical Research Laboratories (ARL), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Inventor: Dr David Warren - Aeronautical Research Laboratories (ARL), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1958

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