Columbia Helicopters acquires three Chinook helicopters

Columbia Helicopters based in Aurora, Oregon has acquired three Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters from the US government, expanding the company’s fleet of commercial super-heavy-lift helicopters.

“We are pleased to add these aircraft to our fleet,” said Mike Fahey, CEO of Columbia Helicopters.

“As a long-time commercial operator of Chinook helicopters, we are uniquely positioned to operate and maintain these helicopters,” said company president Stan Wilson. “The aircraft will come into our maintenance facility for refurbishment before putting them to work.”

The company currently has an active fleet of six Columbia Model 234 Chinooks – the commercial variant of the CH-47 – and 14 Columbia Vertol 107-II helicopters.

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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