85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell

85 Years of Bell: The People Who Built Bell 17 Jul, 20, Source: 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.

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