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Tiltrotor Test Rig team received NASA award

Bell Helicopter, August 29, 2013 - Fort Worth, TX - The Tiltrotor Test Rig (TTR) Development Team comprised of NASA Ames Research Center, Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, and Triumph Aerospace Systems - Newport News (TASNN) will be honored with a 2013 NASA Group Achievement Award at the Ames Research Center's annual NASA Agency Honor Awards ceremony on August 29.

The Group Achievement Award is presented to selected groups who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the NASA mission.

"This prestigious award recognizes the tireless effort of a collaborative team dedicated to making a difference in the future of aviation and aerospace," said Jeff Lowinger, executive vice president of Engineering and Commercial Programs at Bell Helicopter. "We are very proud of the contributions this group is making to the advancement of tiltrotor technology and honored to be part of this vital research."

The TTR is a joint project between NASA, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force to develop a new large-scale proprotor test system for the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC). Designed to test proprotors up to 26 feet in diameter at speeds up to 300 knots, the TTR's unprecedented combination of size and speed are necessary for 21st century research on tiltrotors and other advanced rotorcraft concepts.

Bell Helicopter and Triumph Aerospace Systems are under prime contract with NASA to design and manufacture the TTR and supporting equipment, including a calibration rig. The TTR is used in the 40-by 80- Foot and the 80- by 120-Foot Wind Tunnels. Testing can occur in airplane mode at high speed wind (up to 300 knots), edgewise at low speed (up to 100 knots) or at any angle in between. The TTR is designed to accommodate a variety of rotors and more information can be found here.

Besides the TTR prime contractors Bell Helicopter and TASNN, team members being recognized include the TTR development government agencies (NASA, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Air Force) and their contractor support organizations including Jacobs Technology, Inc., AECOM, RS Morris Construction, Monterey Technologies, Inc., Thomson Aerospace & Defense, Lufkin Industries, Kern Steel Fabricators, and ElectroMechanical Engineering Associates.

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 Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at

About Triumph Group, Inc.: Triumph Group, Inc., headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, designs, engineers, manufactures, repairs and overhauls a broad portfolio of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies and systems. The company serves a broad, worldwide spectrum of the aviation industry, including original equipment manufacturers of commercial, regional, business and military aircraft and aircraft components, as well as commercial and regional airlines and air cargo carriers.

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