Bell Helicopter Sees World-Wide Interest in Huey II Kits

June 19, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - June 19, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is seeing an increased interest in their Huey II kits as operators around the world look to upgrade their older Hueys for extended life and improved performance.

Mike Blake, Bell's executive vice president for Customer Solutions stated, "There are literally hundreds of Hueys around the world that can benefit from these kits and that represents a significant market for us. The Huey is a very capable aircraft and once installation of these kits is performed the operators basically end up with a zero time Huey."

The kits represent a major upgrade that involves roughly 9000 piece parts and 900 part numbers and include a new tail boom, rotors and modifications to the engine for enhanced performance.

Kyle Shiminski, director of Commercial Programs for Bell with direct responsibility for the kits says, "As our customers understand the scope of work involved and the tremendous advantages these upgrades provide, we are seeing more and more interest. We anticipate selling hundreds of these kits over the next several years."

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

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