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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 very notable 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 conflict Bristow survived sinkings, performed a component 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 educated 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 somewhere else, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes earlier 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 ahead of becoming a member of Douglas Bader and supplying help providers to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the most important helicopter corporation on the planet outdoors America

Bristow’s circle incorporated the nice helicopter pioneers akin to Igor Sikorsky and Stan Hiller, try out 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 ebook '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 using 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 nearly to the downfall of Margaret Thatcher.

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