Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography

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 was once a really amazing guy; his full-page obituary was once released within the instances and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider army officer cadet through the battle Bristow survived sinkings, performed an element within the evacuation of Rangoon and was once credited with taking pictures down Stukas in North Africa. He joined the Fleet Air Arm and knowledgeable 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 sooner than profitable the Croix de Guerre evacuating wounded French infantrymen 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 offering help prone to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the most important helicopter corporation on this planet outdoors America

Bristow’s circle integrated the nice helicopter pioneers resembling 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 good friend 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 induced the ‘Westland Affair’ while he made a takeover bid which finally resulted in the resignation of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittain, and virtually to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

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