Bell Provides 429 Product Performance Update

February 22, 2009
Fort Worth, TX - February 22, 2009 - Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, this week gave a 429 program update that provided the most recent performance data accumulated during the on-going flight test program.

"As we work our way through all the required test points established in our flight test program, we continue to be pleased with what the data is telling us. Without exception we are exceeding every preliminary performance goal we set going into the program," said Neil Marshall, director of program management for the 429.

The 429's maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (Vh) has improved from 142 to 150 knots with skid gear. Maximum range at Vh has increased from 312nm (578km) to 332nm (615km), Virc (long range cruise) range has increased from 350nm (648km) to 368nm (682km) and maximum endurance from 3.8 to 4 hours. The 429's HIGE has grown from 11,000 ft (3353 m) to 14,130 ft (4307 m) and HOGE from 9,300 ft (2835m) to 11,280 ft (3444 m).

"The aircraft is proving to have excellent ride quality and the lowest take-off and approach noise level of its class," added Marshall. "It has outstanding Cat "A" performance and exceptional center of gravity envelope."

Standard specifications show the cabin volume has grown from 200 cu ft (5.7 kg) to 204 cu ft (5.8 Kg) while empty weight has increased by 60 lbs, reducing the useful load from 2700 lb to 2640 lb.

About Bell Helicopter
Bell Helicopter, a wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., 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 $14.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 28 countries with approximately 42,000 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 www.textron.com.

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