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Bell Fort Worth named Vertical Heritage Site by the Vertical Flight Society

Posted Dec. 28, 2018

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Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, Hurst Mayor Henry Wilson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price join Bell representatives Robert Hastings, Glenn Isbell and Mike Hirschberg
Bedford Mayor Jim Griffin, Hurst Mayor Henry Wilson and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price join Bell representatives Robert Hastings, Glenn Isbell and Mike Hirschberg to celebrate the local headquarters' latest accomplishment.

In 1951, Bell broke ground in Fort Worth for the first factory in the world specifically built to manufacture helicopters. Since then, generations of iconic rotorcraft and tiltrotor have been conceived, with more than 35,000 Bell aircraft delivered worldwide to date.

Bell’s Fort Worth headquarters is the second facility in company history to be designated as a Vertical Heritage Site. In 2015, Bell’s Gardenville site in Cheektowaga, N.Y., was celebrated.

The Vertical Flight Society — founded in 1943 as the American Helicopter Society — is the world’s oldest and largest society dedicated to advancing vertical flight technology. The society’s Vertical Flight Heritage Sites Program recognizes and helps preserve the important vertical flight historical sites around the world.

“Bell has conceived, designed, built and tested the most advanced aircraft in the history of vertical flight,” said Robert Hastings, executive vice president of strategic communications and government affairs at Bell. “This is an incredible achievement and honor for Bell and today, we celebrate the contributions to vertical flight made by both current and former Bell employees.”

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