Bell Helicopter Names Team to Lead Innovation Efforts

September 21, 2010

Fort Worth, TX – September 21, 2010 – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is pleased to announce that it has named its 2010 Engineering Technical Fellows. This team of technical leaders is tasked with building and maintaining a 20-year technology roadmap that will introduce new products and improve existing platforms.

Chosen based on their depth of engineering design scholarship and industry-recognized expertise, the 2010 Technical Fellows play a key role in driving innovation that aligns with Bell's strategic direction and continues the company's tradition as a leader in aviation technology.

Bell Helicopter currently has one Senior Technical Fellow, 11 Technical Fellows and 17 Associate Technical Fellows. The 2010 Bell Helicopter Technical Fellows include Tom Wood as the first Senior Technical Fellow, flight technology and advanced design.

Bell's new Technical Fellows are Carlos Fenny, Walt Riley, Paul Oldroyd, and Paul Madej. The four new technical fellows join current Technical Fellows; Jim Harse, Jim McCollough, Ashok Agnihotri, Vincent D'Arienzo, James Braswell, Bob Wardlaw, and Erik Oltheten.

Bell's Associate Technical Fellows are John Brieger, Mithat Yuce, Kent Stewart, Jack Shue, Tim Ledbetter, Ron Woods, Marty Shubert, Pat Hollifield, Brad Stamps, Roger Aubert, Jon Coon, Greg Haataja, Mark Chris, Myron Jackson, Pat Tisdale, Randy Johnson, and Eric Covington.

"We are pleased to announce the 2010 Technical Fellows and look forward to the leadership and technical vision they bring to Bell Helicopter," said Jeff Lowinger, executive vice president Bell Helicopter engineering and Xworx. "This is a new era of engineering innovation and technical excellence. With their combined expertise, I am confident this team will position Bell on the leading edge of vertical flight."

Bell Helicopter Technical Fellows are recognized for an unparalleled knowledge of the aviation and rotorcraft industries, outstanding leadership capabilities, a history of notable accomplishments, and world-class technical foresight.

The Bell Helicopter Technical Fellows Program was developed as part of a continuing effort to provide a solid technical career track for professionals in the engineering field and create an environment that promotes forward thinking. This program acknowledges the achievements and capabilities of engineers across the company and allows for Bell's continued success.

"It is the people and their ideas that inspire ground-breaking product solutions allowing Bell to continue its legacy as a leader in aviation innovation," said John L. Garrison, Bell Helicopter President and CEO. "Programs, like the Bell Helicopter Technical Fellows, are an essential part of Bell's future success. By entrusting Bell engineers to explore and develop the products of the future and improve on existing technology we are able to provide our customers with the solutions they need to complete their noble missions."

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 tiltrotor 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. More information is available at www.bellhelicopter.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron in known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at www.textron.com.

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