Boeing Helicopters (now Boeing Rotorcraft Systems) is a US aircraft manufacturer, part of Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. The factories are in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, and Mesa, Arizona.
Boeing Helicopters was created as Boeing Vertol when the Vertol Aircraft Corporation (formerly Piasecki Helicopter) company of Morton, Pennsylvania was acquired by Boeing in 1960; the Vertol name was an abbreviation for Vertical takeoff and landing. The company was responsible for the design and production of the CH-46 Sea Knight and the CH-47 Chinook. It became Boeing Helicopters in 1987, and adopted its current name later on.
When Boeing acquired McDonnell Douglas, the former Mesa, Arizona operations of Hughes Helicopters were merged into Boeing Helicopters. A year and a half later Boeing sold the civilian line of helicopters to MD Helicopter Holdings Inc., an indirect subsidiary of the Dutch company, RDM Holding Inc.
As of December 15, 2006 Columbia Helicopters, Inc of Aurora, Oregon has purchased the Type Certificate of the Boeing Vertol 107-II and Boeing Model 234 Commercial Chinook from Boeing. Currently the company is seeking FAA issuance of a Production Certificate to produce parts with eventual issuance of a PC to produce aircraft.
Boeing Vertol products
- Boeing Vertol 107-II
- CH-46 Sea Knight
- CH-113 Labrador
- CH-47 Chinook
- Boeing Model 234 Commercial Chinook
- Boeing Model 360 (an all composite, private venture, technology demonstrator)
- V-22 Osprey (built as a teaming arrangement with Bell Helicopter Textron)
- AH-64 Apache
- Boeing Vertol YUH-61
- Boeing Vertol XCH-62
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