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.