By Alan Bristow
Bristow’s circle integrated the nice helicopter pioneers akin to 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 buddy whose booklet '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’ whilst 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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