Sikorsky’s Presidential Helicopter Tour Includes Vought in Dallas

DALLAS, AUG. 11, 2004 – Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.’s VH-92 presidential demonstrator helicopter made its Dallas debut at an employee rally event here today at Vought Aircraft Industries’ headquarters. Sikorsky launched the VH-92 All-American Tour last month to showcase its award-winning aircraft and the U.S.-based team of aerospace companies it has partnered with to produce the next presidential helicopter.

Vought is slated to build the entire air vehicle structure for the VH-92 helicopter, from the cockpit to the tail rotor. Vought, which employs approximately 3,300 people in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, could add up to 100 more employees if the Sikorsky VH-92 is chosen to become the next presidential “Marine One” helicopter. Sikorsky has built and maintained the presidential helicopter fleet since 1957, when Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office.

“It is an honor for Vought to be a member of the VH-92 All-American team,” said Vought President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Risley. “Our skilled employees are poised and ready to help build the world’s most advanced helicopter."

In January 2004 Sikorsky announced the formation of the All-American VH-92 Team to respond the Navy’s Request for Proposal for the VXX competition, the designation for the procurement of presidential helicopters. A decision by the government is expected in December.

In addition to Vought, Sikorsky’s All-American team includes: FlightSafety International (simulation and training equipment); L-3 Communications Integrated Systems in Greenville, Texas (mission communications equipment and aircraft interior furnishings); Northrop Grumman (aircraft survivability equipment); Rockwell Collins (major cockpit systems); and General Electric Aircraft Engines.

The VH-92 is a derivative of the Sikorsky S-92, the first and only helicopter in the world certified to the FAA’s latest and most stringent safety standards as well as the latest safety standards of the European Aviation Safety Agency/Joint Aviation Authorities. In 2002, the S-92 won the Collier Trophy for the “greatest achievement in aerospace” by the National Aeronautic Association, only the second helicopter ever so honored.

Sikorsky is a subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), of Hartford, Conn., which provides a broad range of high-technology products and support services to the aerospace and building systems industries

About Vought

Vought Aircraft Industries, Inc. ( ) is one of the world's largest independent suppliers of aerostructures. Headquartered in Dallas, the company designs and manufactures major airframe structures such as wings, fuselage subassemblies, empennages, nacelles and other components for prime manufacturers of aircraft. Vought has annual sales of approximately $1.2 billion and more than 6,000 employees in seven U.S. locations.


This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Vought’s actual financial results could differ materially from those anticipated due to the company’s dependence on conditions in the airline industry, the level of new commercial aircraft orders, production rates for commercial and military aircraft, the level of defense spending, competitive pricing pressures, manufacturing inefficiencies, start-up costs and possible overruns on new contracts, technology and product development risks and uncertainties, availability of materials and components from suppliers and other factors beyond the company’s control.

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Lynne M. Warne
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