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BLACK BOX/INVENTORBack
[Published: Thursday August 26 2010]

Inventor of aircraft 'black box' dies at 85

The Australian scientist who invented the flight data recorder famously known as the "black box" to help investigate aircraft accidents has died at the age of 85.

David Warren, whose own father was killed in a plane crash in 1934 in Australia, was a research scientist at the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in Melbourne.

Warren designed and built the world's first flight data record prototype in 1956 which became known as the "black box" but it took five years before the value and practicality of his invention was realized. (ANA)

 


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