Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography by Alan Bristow

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 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 throughout the battle Bristow survived sinkings, performed an element within the evacuation of Rangoon and was once 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 in different places, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes prior to 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 sooner than becoming a member of Douglas Bader and delivering help companies to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the biggest helicopter corporation on the planet open air America

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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