By Alan Bristow
Bristow’s circle integrated the good helicopter pioneers corresponding to Igor Sikorsky and Stan Hiller, attempt 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 booklet '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 caused 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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