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Goodrich Selects U.S. Air Force for F-35 Landing Gear Advanced Coatings

January 13, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 13, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Goodrich
Corporation (NYSE: GR) has selected the U.S. Air Force’s Ogden Air Logistics
Center (OO-ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, to provide specialty coatings on
landing gear for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft. Under the agreement,
the OO-ALC will apply high velocity oxygenated fuel (HVOF) thermal spray
coating on Goodrich landing gear components produced for the F-35. The
initial agreement runs through May 2009, and covers requirements for five
landing gear shipsets of the carrier variant F-35.

HVOF coating technology is increasingly being used in demanding aerospace
applications such as landing gear because it provides a superior performing,
environmentally responsible alternative to hard chrome plating. Goodrich,
along with the F-35 integrated product team, worked closely with OO-ALC on
technical, quality and program elements to bring the depot’s HVOF process
online in a production environment.

According to Mike Brand, president, Goodrich Landing Gear, “In today’s
market, commercial and military platforms compete for limited capacity on
critical process technologies. By working with the Air Force, Goodrich is
able to provide our customer a high quality, environmentally-friendly product
at a price and production rate that is competitive with the commercial
marketplace. In addition, we have a unique opportunity to engage our customer
early in the F-35 program’s life cycle; they can gain experience with the
landing gear design and technology well in advance of traditional depot
maintenance and overhaul activities as the product is fielded.”

OO-ALC is the U.S. Air Force’s landing gear center of excellence.
Goodrich and OO-ALC have had a partnership agreement since 2001. Other work
under the partnership agreement includes the repair and overhaul of landing
gear for the C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft.

Goodrich provides landing gear for all variants of the F-35 Lightning II -
CTOL (conventional takeoff and landing), CV (carrier variant) and STOVL (short
takeoff/vertical landing). Other Goodrich content on the F-35 includes the
air data system, weapons bay door systems, engine and fuel quantity sensors,
actuation systems and unique STOVL engine and airframe components. Goodrich
content on the F-35 is expected to be valued at more than $3 million per
aircraft. Production takes place at company facilities in Australia, Canada,
the UK and the U.S.

Goodrich Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a global supplier of
systems and services to aerospace, defense and homeland security markets.
With one of the most strategically diversified portfolios of products in the
industry, Goodrich serves a global customer base with significant worldwide
manufacturing and service facilities. For more information visit
http://www.goodrich.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this release are forward-looking statements
within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995
regarding the company’s future plans, objectives, and expected performance.
Specifically, statements that are not historical facts, including statements
accompanied by words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,”
“estimate,” or “plan,” are intended to identify forward-looking statements and
convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The company cautions
readers that any such forward-looking statements are based on assumptions that
the company believes are reasonable, but are subject to a wide range of risks,
and actual results may differ materially.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but
are not limited to: demand for and market acceptance of the F-35 Lightning II;
the actual amount of product purchased under the contracts relating to the F-
35 Lightning II; and potential cancellation of orders. Further information
regarding the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially
from projected results can be found in the company’s filings with the
Securities and Exchange Commission, including in the company’s Annual Report
on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007.

The company cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward-
looking statements contained in this release, which speak only as of the date
on which such statements were made. The company undertakes no obligation to
release publicly any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect
events or circumstances after the date on which such statements were made or
to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Goodrich Corporation operates through its divisions and as a parent
company for its subsidiaries, one or more of which may be referred to as
“Goodrich Corporation” in this press release.

SOURCE Goodrich Corporation; GR – Actuation and Landing Systems


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