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Alan Bristow: Helicopter Pioneer: The Autobiography by Alan Bristow PDF

By 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 very impressive guy; his full-page obituary was once released within the occasions and The day-by-day Telegraph. As a service provider army officer cadet in the course of the conflict 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 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 sooner than successful 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 offering help providers to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the most important helicopter corporation on the earth outdoor America

Bristow’s circle integrated the good helicopter pioneers reminiscent of 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 buddy whose booklet 'Whirlwind' was once a fictionalized account of Bristow’s in a single day evacuation of his humans and helicopters from innovative Iran. Bristow represented nice Britain at 4 in hand carriage using with the Duke of Edinburgh and brought about the ‘Westland Affair’ while 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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