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The Columbia 107 originated when Columbia Helicopters received a type certificate to fly and eventually produce the helicopter. It was originally the civilian version of a Boeing military helicopter.
The Columbia 107 design dates back to the 1950's as a military medium assault helicopter proposed for the U.S. Army. Although the Army evaluated ten of the helicopters in the late 1950's, no additional helicopters were purchased. It was in 1961 that the U.S.M.C. ordered the helicopter with more powerful engines.
A civilian version 107 helicopter was also produced at the time which was sold to a number of commercial carriers. The civilian version was built under license by Kawasaki.
At last count there were a total of 23 Columbia 107 helicopters in its fleet.