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Alan Bristow, founding father of Bristow Helicopters, died on April 26, 2009, seven days after finishing his autobiography. He used to be a very outstanding 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 struggle 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 knowledgeable 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 out pilot. Sacked for knocking out the revenues supervisor, he flew in France, Holland, Algeria, Senegal and somewhere else, narrowly escaping many helicopter crashes ahead of 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 supplying help prone to grease drillers within the Persian Gulf. Out of that grew Bristow Helicopters Ltd, the biggest helicopter corporation on the planet open air America

Bristow’s circle integrated the good helicopter pioneers similar 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 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 innovative Iran. Bristow represented nice Britain at 4 in hand carriage using with the Duke of Edinburgh and brought on the ‘Westland Affair’ whilst 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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