Bell Delivers Three H-1 Aircraft in February

March 03, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - March 3, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week delivered another H-1 Upgrade aircraft and brought February's delivery total to three for the program.

The third aircraft, a UH-1Y utility helicopter, was accepted by the U.S. Marine Corps on Feb. 26, 2008. Final assembly of the aircraft was completed at Bell's Military Aircraft Assembly Center in Amarillo, Texas.

Two other H-1 aircraft have been delivered so far this year. An AH-1Z attack aircraft was delivered on Feb. 8, and another UH-1Y was delivered Feb. 13. In addition to these three H-1s, Bell's Amarillo facility also completed and delivered two V-22 Osprey aircraft in February.

The H-1 program, which includes both the utility Yankee and the attack Zulu models, began Phase II of its Operational Evaluation on Feb. 13. A full-rate production decision is expected later this year. The H-1 Upgrade Program currently calls for a total of 100 UH-1Y and 180 AH-1Z aircraft.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter is an industry-leading producer of commercial and military, manned and unmanned vertical lift aircraft and the pioneer of the revolutionary tilt rotor aircraft. Globally recognized for world-class customer service, innovation and superior quality, Bell's global workforce serves customers flying Bell aircraft in more than 120 countries.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. 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 Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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