IWM Duxford
In AirSpace you can get up-close to some of the most famous aircraft in the world, including the Lancaster, Spitfire, Concorde and Vulcan.
Explore around and underneath the aircraft. Get to know how they fly, how they’re made and discover the impact they’ve made on your world.
Beatrice Shilling

Meet the men and women behind the aircraft

Meet the men and women who shaped British and Commonwealth aviation and the iconic aircraft they designed, built and flew.

Discover the people behind the aircraft: the designers, factory workers, and test pilots who shaped British history. People like Beatrice Shilling, (pictured) who worked at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, testing many different aircraft and engines. Beatrice solved a problem with the Merlin engines, fitted to Spitfires and Hurricanes during the Battle of Britain in 1940, that caused them to misfire. She designed a modification to the Merlin’s carburettor, which solved the problem.