Columbia Helicopters Acquires Swedish Vertol 107s

Vertol 107 in military garb (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Vertol 107 in military garb (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Vertol 107 in military garb
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Columbia Helicopters of Aurora, Oregon, has acquired 11 of the 14 Swedish Boeing/Kawasaki Vertol 107s retired by the Swedish Navy in 2010. The Swede’s three remaining Vertols, which have been a fixture of their military aviation programs since 1963, are being sent to museums.

Columbia Helicopters is an aircraft manufacturer and operator best known for their large fleet of tandem rotor helicopters consisting of Boeing Vertol 107s and Boeing 234s, using these versatile heavy-lift helicopters for heli-logging, oil exploration, fire suppression, construction and disaster relief. Columbia Helicopters has also purchased the Type Certificate for the Model 107 and Model 234 from Boeing and is seeking FAA issuance of a Production Certificate (PC) to produce parts, with eventual issuance of a PC to assume production of both aircraft being sought as well.

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