Bell Helicopter Concludes Successful Farnborough

July 21, 2008
Farnborough, England - July 21, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, wrapped up a successful Farnborough Air Show this week by adding 24 orders across the full range of its product line as it hosted over 1,000 guests in its new chalet.

"Without exception Bell sees significant demand for our products and our recent product line rationalization continues to resonate with our customers," said Bob Fitzpatrick, Bell's senior vice president marketing and sales.

"The 412 led the way this year at Farnborough as we increased our funded backlog to new heights. Customers recognize the strengths each of our products bring to their market segments and value the Bell support that comes with those products." said Danny Maldonado, vice president of commercial business development.

During Farnborough Bell continued to receive positive product reviews of the 429 as the backlog swelled to over 300. Customer anticipation is building as the company anticipates achieving certification in early 2009.

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, defense and intelligence, 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

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