Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography by Alan Bristow, Patrick Malone

By Alan Bristow, Patrick Malone

Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He was once a very 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 in the course of the warfare Bristow survived sinkings, performed a component within the evacuation of Rangoon and was once credited with capturing 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 pilot. Sacked for knocking out the revenues supervisor, he flew in France, Holland, Algeria, Senegal and in other 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 earlier than becoming a member of Douglas Bader and delivering aid prone 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 integrated the nice helicopter pioneers equivalent 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 publication '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 caused the 'Westland Affair' while he made a takeover bid which ultimately resulted in the resignation of Michael Heseltine and Leon Brittain, and nearly to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

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