Secretary of U.S. Air Force visits Bell Helicopter Headquarters

Fort Worth, Texas (August 26, 2015)Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, hosted the Secretary of the Air Force, the Honorable Deborah Lee James yesterday at the company’s global headquarters during her visit to Fort Worth.

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"Our partnerships with industry are as critical today as they've ever been," said Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Getting to see firsthand the capabilities and advancements being developed by Bell Helicopter to address future national security needs was fantastic.

“We were delighted to host the Secretary today and honored to have the opportunity to show her in person the work Bell Helicopter is performing every day on current and future tiltrotor platforms,” said Bell Helicopter President and CEO John Garrison. “The V-22 continues to redefine what is possible in military operations, and we are grateful to the Secretary for making time in her schedule to see firsthand where this transformative technology takes shape at our Fort Worth campus.”

Secretary James was given a company overview by Bell Helicopter leadership, followed by an update on the V-22 program and the company’s entrant into Future Vertical Lift with the V-280 Valor tiltrotor. The Secretary was able to experience a V-280 tiltrotor avionics simulator as well as a tour through the Bell Helicopter advanced composite center.

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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.

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 is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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