Bell Helicopter is Now Offering Career Training Through SLM Financial®, a Sallie Mae® Company

March 25, 2008
Fort Worth, TX - March 25, 2008 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is proud to now offer its training students the ability to obtain a Career Training LoanSM from SLM FinancialSM, a Sallie Mae® company ("SLM"). SLM has been providing loan products for students, consumers, and businesses for nearly ten years. If a customer desires to attend the Bell Helicopter Training Academy (BTA), he or she can now achieve their flight training goals with a loan. SLM provides loans covering kindergarten through high school, as well as career training, part-time education, and distance learning programs.

The Career Training LoanSM is a private, credit-based student loan for Flight Training Schools and other continuing education programs. To be eligible the customer must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have an established credit history. The institution you are attending must be licensed or accredited by the department of education in the states in which they do business.

Customers interested in the SLM Financial® Sallie Mae® loan process should contact the Bell Helicopter Training Academy for the BTA school code and instruction on how to apply on line at: Bell Training Academy - CONTACT

For more information on SLM Financial®, a Sallie Mae® please contact: Sallie Mae® - Get Student Loan or (888) 2-SALLIE or (888) 272-5543 .

Sallie Mae®, the nation's leading provider of student loans and administrator of college savings plans, has helped millions of Americans achieve their dream of a higher education. In addition, Sallie Mae offers comprehensive information and resources to assist students, parents, and guidance professionals with the financial aid process. Sallie Mae owns or manages student loans for nearly 10 million customers, administers more than $18 billion in college savings accounts for 1 million customers through its Upromise subsidiary and employs approximately 12,000 individuals at offices nationwide.

Sallie Mae is listed on the Fortune 500 and is one of the Top Innovators in IT according to InformationWeek. The company also has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens according to Business Ethics magazine and one of the top 30 companies for executive women by the National Association of Female Executives

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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