Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography

Alan Bristow


Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He used to be a really notable guy; his full-page obituary used to be released within the occasions and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider army officer cadet throughout the battle Bristow survived sinkings, performed an element within the evacuation of Rangoon and used to be credited with taking pictures 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 pilot. Sacked for knocking out the revenues supervisor, he flew in France, Holland, Algeria, Senegal and in different places, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes earlier than 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 supplying help companies to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the biggest helicopter corporation on this planet outdoors America

Bristow’s circle incorporated the good helicopter pioneers resembling 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 booklet '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 on 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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