A flight data recorder was a device installed on nearly every space-faring ship in the galaxy to record flight data. It contained complete records of a ship's range, maximum speed, shield array, weapons payload, and more, making it an invaluable resource for determining the capacities of a particular craft. In 1 BBY, during a mission to the planet Lothal, Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren stole the flight data recorder of a prototype TIE/D Defender Elite so that the Rebel Alliance would know the capabilities of the highly advanced fighter. Afterwards, the recorder was delivered to Alliance High Command on Yavin 4 by Hera Syndulla and Chopper, and the data was analyzed.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
In real life, a flight data recorder is one half of the device known as the black box, which also exists in Star Wars canon. A black box, or flight recorder, consist of a flight data recorder (FDR), used to record specific aircraft performance parameters, and a cockpit voice recorder (CVR), which is used to record the audio environment in the flight deck.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Rise of the Rebels (First appearance, simultaneous with Ezra's Gamble)
- Ezra's Gamble (First appearance, simultaneous with Rise of the Rebels)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Property of Ezra Bridger"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Flight of the Defender" (First identified as Flight data recorder)
- Star Wars Rebels – "Kindred"
- Star Wars Rebels – "Crawler Commandeers"
- Star Wars Resistance – "Rendezvous Point" (Mentioned only)