BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - December 22, 2008) - Esterline Corporation (NYSE: ESL) today announced an agreement to acquire UK-based Racal Acoustics, a leading provider of military communications equipment, from ECI Partners, a UK-based private equity group, for approximately GBP 115 million. Completion of the transaction is expected in 30 to 45 days, subject to certain governmental approvals and customary closing conditions. A conference call to discuss the transaction is scheduled for tomorrow morning, December 23, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time). Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at the following location:

Racal is a premier designer and manufacturer of high-technology, ruggedized personal communications equipment, ranging from lightweight noise-reducing headsets to advanced battlefield secure telephone networks. Robert W. Cremin, Esterline's chief executive officer, said that the transaction "... complements Esterline's existing expertise in secure communications and other sophisticated equipment for combat troop support, and fits our stated strategy to seek out companies that expand our talent pool and capabilities."

Cremin said that Racal is "... a healthy and profitable business (with) an experienced and proven management team." He said the company employs nearly 200 people in northwest London.

Esterline was advised in this transaction by Taylor Wessing LLP, Perkins Coie and Jefferies & Company, Inc.

About Esterline:

Esterline Corporation is a leading world-wide supplier to the aerospace and defense industry specializing in three core areas: Avionics & Controls, Sensors & Systems, and Advanced Materials. Operations within the Avionics & Controls segment focus on high-technology electronics products for military and commercial aircraft and land- and sea-based military vehicles, secure communications systems, specialized medical equipment, and other industrial applications. The Sensors & Systems segment includes operations that produce high-precision temperature and pressure sensors, electrical power distribution equipment, and other related systems principally for aerospace and defense customers. Operations within the Advanced Materials segment focus on technologies including high-temperature resistant materials and components used for a wide range of military and commercial aerospace purposes and combustible ordnance and electronic warfare countermeasure products.

Conference Call Information

Esterline will host a conference call tomorrow, Tuesday, December 23, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the acquisition of Racal Acoustics. To access the call, please dial into the conference at least 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the call at 1-866-400-3310. UK callers please dial, 0808-234-1382, all other International callers should dial 416-850-9144. To listen to the live audio webcast, go to the Investors tab of the Esterline website at

If you are unable to attend the live conference call, an audio webcast replay will be available in the Investors section of the Esterline website for 90 days. If you do not have Internet access, a replay of the call will be available by dialing 1-866-245-6755 and entering access code 660284. International callers can listen to the replay by dialing 416-915-1035, access code 660284. The conference call replay will be available for five business days, beginning at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 23.

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