EARLY LOOK AT COLUMBIA HELICOPTER

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Wes Lematta flying over the frame of his new Swan Island headquarters,
May 2, 1962.

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A July 18, 1962 aerial view of the grand opening of Wes Lematta’s Columbia Helicopters’ Swan Island facility. The company was originally established at
Troutdale Airport in 1957.

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Columbia Helicopters’ chairman and founder Wes Lematta

learned to fly after WW ll using the G.I Bill. He passed away
in 2009.

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Wes Lematta providing flight instruction in a Columbia Helicopters Hughes 
269 in 1963

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