Cessna's Citation Mustang Issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) by FAA

December 22, 2005

Wichita, KS – December 22, 2005 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a subsidiary of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT), received a Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its Citation Mustang, a significant step toward certification and first customer delivery in late 2006. TIA signals the FAA's approval for the Mustang prototype to begin accumulating flight hours that will apply toward official certification.

"The Mustang prototype and serial number one have made more than 290 flights, accruing more than 490 hours. In addition, the fatigue test article has completed two lifetimes (30,000 hours) of testing with no damage to the aircraft structure," said Russ Meyer III, Mustang Program Manager. "This is recognized by the FAA as the baseline to prove the durability of an airplane, and we will continue testing to five lifetimes (75,000 hours)."

Because of the availability of on-site testing facilities, Cessna's testing programs are known for accumulating more hours on its airplanes and test articles prior to certification than any other aircraft manufacturer.

"Our goal for achieving TIA was January 2006, so we are pleased to receive this designation several weeks early, keeping us on schedule for certification and first customer deliveries," Meyer said.

The Mustang is slated to be the 27th airplane Cessna has certified in a decade, more than any other airplane company. The Citation Mustang was announced at the 2002 NBAA convention. Cessna currently has orders for more than 230 aircraft. The six-seat business jet will be certified as a single-pilot, FAR Part 23 aircraft, with a cruise speed of 340 KTAS, and maximum operating altitude of 41,000 feet.

Based on unit sales, Cessna is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft. In 2004, Cessna delivered more than 900 aircraft and reported revenues of about $2.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, more than 186,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 4,500 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at www.cessna.com.

Textron Inc. is a $10 billion multi-industry company with 44,000 employees in 40 countries. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO and Greenlee, among others. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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