By Alan Bristow, Patrick Malone
Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He was once a very outstanding guy; his full-page obituary was once released within the instances and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider military officer cadet through the warfare Bristow survived sinkings, performed an element within the evacuation of Rangoon and used to be credited with capturing down Stukas in North Africa. He joined the Fleet Air Arm and proficient as one of many first British helicopter pilots, he used to be the 1st guy to land a helicopter on a battleship and have become Westland's first helicopter try out pilot. Sacked for knocking out the revenues supervisor, he flew in France, Holland, Algeria, Senegal and somewhere else, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes prior to successful the Croix de Guerre evacuating wounded French infantrymen in Indochina. For 4 years he flew for Aristotle Onassis's pirate whaling fleet in Antarctica earlier than becoming a member of Douglas Bader and offering aid companies to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the most important helicopter corporation on this planet open air America.
Bristow's circle incorporated the good helicopter pioneers akin to Igor Sikorsky and Stan Hiller, try out pilots like Harold Penrose and invoice Waterton, Sheiks and Shahs and political leaders, enterprise giants like Lord Cayzer and Freddie Laker – with whom he tossed a coin for £67,000 in 1969 – and the writer James Clavell, a lifelong buddy whose e-book 'Whirlwind' was once a fictionalized account of Bristow's in a single day evacuation of his humans and helicopters from progressive Iran. Bristow represented nice Britain at 4 in hand carriage riding with the Duke of Edinburgh and brought about the 'Westland Affair' whilst he made a takeover bid which ultimately ended in the resignation of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittain, and virtually to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.
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