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A woman inventer?

A woman inventer?

A woman inventer?

She invented something for an aircraft carburetor?  Anyone have info?

RE: A woman inventer?

Perhaps Katherine Stinson?  Unlike Amelia Earhart, Katherine actually knew how airplanes worked and helped design them.

RE: A woman inventer?


Beatrice "Tilly" Shilling is a legend in Merlin lore. It was Ms. Shilling who overcame the serious negative "G" cutout problems with SU carburetor equipped Merlins. The tale has been told many times but briefly the SU carburetor was not equipped to handle negative "G" without first starving the engine for fuel and then over compensating and drowning the engine with an over rich mixture. The solution was disarmingly simple, a restrictor orifice fitted to the fuel supply line. In a way it's too bad that Ms. Shilling's reputation at the Royal Aircraft Establishment was based on this one, albeit major, accomplishment.

RE: A woman inventer?

wow that's a politically correct telling of the tale. Much better known to the RAF as Miss Shilling's Orifice.


Greg Locock

I rarely exceed 1.79 x 10^12 furlongs per fortnight

RE: A woman inventer?

And not just the RAF .....  

RE: A woman inventer?

vote #3 for "Miss Shilling's Orifice"

it IS a shame that it all went down that way, she saved a lot of lives with that little contraption.

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