By Alan Bristow

Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He was once a really amazing guy; his full-page obituary was once released within the occasions and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider military officer cadet throughout the battle Bristow survived sinkings, performed a component within the evacuation of Rangoon and used to be credited with capturing down Stukas in North Africa. He joined the Fleet Air Arm and informed as one of many first British helicopter pilots, he was once 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 ahead of profitable the Croix de Guerre evacuating wounded French squaddies 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 supplying aid companies to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the biggest helicopter corporation on this planet outdoor America

Bristow’s circle incorporated the good helicopter pioneers akin to Igor Sikorsky and Stan Hiller, try 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 pal whose e-book 'Whirlwind' used to be 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’ while he made a takeover bid which finally ended in the resignation of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittain, and virtually to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

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