85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell


“Larry Bell left behind two great monuments to his life. One is the great number of lives which have been saved by the helicopters he fostered and sustained, a fact of which he was immensely proud. The second is the family of people at Bell, who still, today in many ways mirror the personality of the man whose name graces the helicopters they build.” - from The Bell Helicopter Textron Story by David A. Brown

It started with one man and one vision. But it took engineers, pilots, strategists, military experts, communications personnel and many many more to build this multi-faceted company. Engineer Arthur Young designed Bell’s first helicopter, the Model 30. Test Pilot Floyd Carlson performed all first flights for Bell aircraft and established precedents that have been used by thousands of helicopter test pilots. Dr. Dora Dougherty Strother set two world records for aircraft altitude and distance, opening doors for other women in STEM fields at Bell. We’ve made so much progress by thinking beyond the norm, being bold and celebrating diversity of thought and background.

Every employee has a story and a contribution. When businesses are enhanced with vertical lift innovation, warfighters are equipped with the best machines and patients are able to be saved, it’s because of the extraordinary ideas each employee brings to the table. Hear from our teams today about what they want to see Bell accomplish in the next 85 years.

Want to learn more about our teams today? Dive into these employee stories and see the pioneering spirit and camaraderie our talented individuals live out every day.

About Bell

Thinking above and beyond is what we do. For more than 85 years, we’ve been reimagining the experience of flight – and where it can take us.

We are pioneers. We were the first to break the sound barrier and to certify a commercial helicopter. We were a part of NASA’s first lunar mission and brought advanced tiltrotor systems to market. Today, we’re defining the future of advanced air mobility.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas – as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., – we have strategic locations around the globe. And with nearly one quarter of our workforce having served, helping our military achieve their missions is a passion of ours.

Above all, our breakthrough innovations deliver exceptional experiences to our customers. Efficiently. Reliably. And always, with safety at the forefront.

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, Cessna, Beechcraft, Pipistrel, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, and Textron Systems. For more information, visit: www.textron.com.

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