Founded in 1935 by Larry Bell as Bell Aircraft Corporation, today’s Bell Helicopter continues to set the pace for the industry and expand the scope of vertical lift by manufacturing a wide range of civil and military helicopters as well as civil and military tiltrotor craft.
Now an industry leader with unmatched name recognition, Bell was the first to obtain certification for a commercial helicopter. Bell produces more than 50% of the world’s commercial and military vertical-lift aircraft. Over its rich history, Bell has delivered more than 35,000 aircraft to customers around the world.
With forward thinking in advanced concepts, Bell Helicopter invented tilt rotor aircraft. These unique aircraft lift like a helicopter, then fly like an airplane with twice the speed, three times the payload and five times the range of traditional helicopters. Aerospace and aircraft will never be the same.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Bell Helicopter has additional plants in Amarillo, Texas and Mirabel, Canada. They maintain key logistics supply and service centers in Europe, Canada, and Singapore as well as in the United States.
As the world’s premier provider of vertical lift aircraft, Bell Helicopter continues to provide every customer with products, service and support second to none.
Bell Helicopter is part of the American aerospace, defense development and manufacturing firm Textron since 1960 and has a close association with AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian helicopter company.