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Monday December 4, 2006

Duo to Attempt First Helicopter Pole to Pole Around the World Flight

Fort Worth , TX, USA ( Bell Helicopters Press Release ) - Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill, two Guinness Book of Records holders are attempting to set another world record. This time the pair is attempting to fly around the world, pole to pole in a helicopter. The team will begin their historic trip, called Polar First, at the Bell Helicopter, a Textron (TXT) Inc. company, facility at Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth, Texas.

Textron, Bell Helicopter and other sponsors are providing financial and logistical support for the journey that will take Murray and Bodill and their Bell 407 helicopter through 34 countries and will cover more than 36,000 miles in 189 days. The Bell Helicopter network of Customer Service Representatives (CSR), Customer Service Facilities (CSF's) and dealers around the world will be utilized to provide their world renowned maintenance services in support of the trip.

A major component of the Polar First mission is an educational outreach program in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society who will work with 28 key international schools in the countries visited during the journey. Additionally, the flight can be tracked live through the Polar First website at www.polarfirst.com.


Wednesday May 23, 2007

Triumphant Return of a Bell Helicopter and the World Record Holding Duo

Fort Worth , TX, USA ( Bell Helicopters Press Release ) - Returning to their launch location, Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill can now add another world record to their list of aviation accomplishments. The pair successfully completed their flight around the world, pole to pole in a Bell helicopter. The team began their historic trip, called Polar First, at the Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, facility at Alliance Airport in far north Fort Worth, Texas in December of last year and today landed to a large crowd of well wishers.

Textron, Bell Helicopter and other sponsors provided financial and logistical support for the journey that took Murray and Bodill and their Bell 407 helicopter through 34 countries and covered more than 36,000 miles in 189 days. The Bell Helicopter network of Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) and Independent Customer Service Facilities (CSFs) and dealers around the world were utilized to provide their world renowned maintenance services to support the trip.

Speaking on behalf of Bell Helicopter, Mike Blake, executive vice president Customer Solutions stated, "Bell Helicopter is grateful for the safe return of these two aviation pioneers and proud of the significant role our 407 helicopter played in this historic mission."

A major component of the Polar First mission was an educational outreach program in partnership with the Royal Geographical Society who worked with 28 key international schools in the countries visited during the journey.


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