How motorcyclist Beatrice tackled a tricky Spitfire problem

A Canadian researcher explains how British aeronautical engineer Beatrice (Tilly) Shilling saved the lives of Spitfire pilots during the Second World War in this short video.

North Vancouver researcher Dennis Molnar explains how Tilly’s love of motorcycles helped her discover why Spitfire engines were prone to cutting out when the fighters dived – and how she went on to fix the problem.

Note that the dates he gives for the Battle at the start of the film are not accurate. The Battle of Britain started on 10 July and ended on 31 October, 1940.

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