Dr David Warren of the Aeronautical
Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia invented the "Black Box"
flight data recorder. He was the first person to conceive of the idea of
recording the flight crew's conversation on an airplane and of protecting
that recording in the event of a crash or fire. The purpose of the Black
Box was to help identify the reasons for a plane crash, by recording any
clues in the flight crew's conversation. The Black Box was invented in
1953 and in production by 1957. The first ones were painted bright red
or orange to make them easier to find after a crash. In 1960, Australia
became the first country to make flight recorders mandatory in aircraft.
World’s first flight memory recorder
box: Key to disaster investigations
Black Box: An Australian Contribution to Air Safety
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