University of North Dakota Orders 25 Cessna 172 Skyhawks

July 10, 2008
Wichita, KS - July 10, 2008 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced it has entered into a multi-year contract with the University of North Dakota for Cessna 172 Skyhawks. The first four of 25 Skyhawks to be delivered in 2008 were handed over yesterday during a ceremony at Cessna's facility in Independence, Kan. The aircraft will be used for flight training.

The university's John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences (UND Aerospace) is an international leader in collegiate and contract aviation education. On average, enrollment of flight students tops 1,000 and total flight training hours surpasses 90,000 each year in more than 120 aircraft.

Earlier this year, UND Aerospace took delivery of a Citation Mustang entry level business jet, making it the first collegiate flight program to have a Mustang in its fleet. The Mustang is used for executive travel as well as flight training for undergraduate and contract students.

"UND is a leader among collegiate flight schools, and we're thrilled they've chosen to expand their fleet with new Cessna 172 Skyhawks. The 172 remains the world's most popular training aircraft due to its unique combination of safety, reliability and predictable flight characteristics. With the addition of the Mustang and now the 172s, we're pleased and proud that UND continues to choose Cessna as we work together to increase new pilot starts," said John Doman, Cessna's vice president, worldwide propeller aircraft sales.

"Cessna has always been a big supporter of UND Aerospace throughout our 40 years in flight training," said Don Dubuque, Director of Extension Programs. "We are excited to once again see Cessnas on our ramp."

About Cessna Aircraft Company
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $14.5 billion. Since the company was originally established in 1927, some 190,000 Cessna airplanes have been delivered to nearly every country in the world. The global fleet of more than 5,100 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at

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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