Cessna calls for volunteers to support Special Olympics Airlift

October 21, 2013

LAS VEGAS, Oct 21, 2013 - Cessna Aircraft Company, a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, is organizing its seventh Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA), a unique effort whose mission involves enlisting Citation jet owners to transport Special Olympics athletes and coaches from across the nation to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games. Cessna launched the current CSOA at the National Business Aviation Association and Convention (NBAA) in 2012. Citation owners interested in volunteering for next summer's CSOA can find out more at Cessna's exhibit at this year's NBAA. Next year's games will be held from June 14-21 in New Jersey in the Greater Princeton/Mercer County area.

The first CSOA in 1987 involved more than 130 Cessna Citation jets carrying nearly 1,000 athletes to and from South Bend, Ind., while the most recent airlift in 2010 involved 161 Citation owners transporting 832 athletes and coaches to Lincoln, Neb. It has been called the largest peacetime airlift in the world, as a Citation business jet will land or takeoff every two minutes for 10 hours at Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN). Rhonda Fullerton, Cessna director of the CSOA, said: "Over the past six airlifts, Citation owners have contributed millions of dollars to the Special Olympics USA Games by way of donations of time, fuel, and resources. It is gratifying to organize this campaign, being able to provide a cost savings to the games while at the same time giving 1,000 athletes and coaches the flight of a lifetime, and to be part of a week they will never forget."

Bob Gobrecht, president of Special Olympics North America, said: "The Citation Special Olympics Airlift provides a crucial cost savings to our programs. By not having to expend funds for commercial transportation, our programs can devote every possible cent toward sending as many athletes as possible to the 2014 USA Games." Special Olympics programming, from local to state to national and international, is offered at no cost to the participating athlete or their families. Training, facilities uniforms, transportation, meals and more are all paid for by Special Olympics.

"The airlift provides a rare opportunity for Special Olympics athletes, and for the Citation volunteers. Many athletes have never flown on a plane of any kind, and many have never even left their home state. To have the personalized attention and support of Citation owners and pilots provides tremendous comfort and assistance to our delegations," said Gobrecht.

The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games bring nearly 3,500 athletes from all 50 states to compete in 16 Olympic-style competitions. The CSOA has a goal of recruiting 175 Citation owners to support the transportation of 800 of these athletes to and from Trenton Mercer Airport (TTN). On average, the CSOA volunteers transport one-third of the participating athletes to the Games. To date, Cessna has recruited 26 companies to volunteer for the airlift. Those interested in enrolling to help should go to Cessnaairlift.com or contact Rhonda Fullerton, Cessna director of the Citation Special Olympics Airlift, at (316) 517- LIFT or at airlift@cessna.textron.com.

About Cessna
Cessna is the world's leading general aviation company. Since its inception in 1927, Cessna has designed, produced and delivered nearly 200,000 airplanes around the globe. This includes 6,500 Citation business jets, making it the largest fleet of business jets in the world. Today, Cessna has two principal lines of business: aircraft sales and aftermarket services. Aircraft sales include Citation business jets, Caravan single-engine utility turboprops, single-engine piston aircraft and lift solutions by CitationAir. Aftermarket services include parts, maintenance, inspection and repair services. In 2012, Cessna delivered 571 aircraft, including 181 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of $3.111 billion. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at cessna.com.

About Textron
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 is 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 textron.com.

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Andy Woodward
+1 316 517 1927
awoodward@cessna.com

Stephanie Harder
+1 316 517 8702
sharder@cessna.com

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