Wes Lematta flying over the frame of his new Swan Island headquarters,
May 2, 1962.
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.
Columbia Helicopters’ chairman and founder Wes Lematta
learned to fly after WW ll using the G.I Bill. He passed away
Wes Lematta providing flight instruction in a Columbia Helicopters Hughes
269 in 1963