by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
4/18/2013 - BUCKLEY AFB, Colo. -- Airmen
from the 460th Civil Engineer Squadron and 140th CES, Colorado Air
National Guard, received assistance from the 200th RED HORSE, Ohio Air
National Guard, to install two Barrier Arresting Kit-12 systems April 12
on Buckley's flightline.
The team of power production Airmen assembled and installed the BAK-12 systems during a five-day span.
"We did it in a short timeframe. Everyone started on Monday, and we had
the certification run on Friday. We saw all inclement weather
conditions, from snow to high winds, and zero visibility," said Master
Sgt. Joshua Barnett, 140th CES power productions NCO in charge.
The barrier systems were installed on Buckley in preparation for upcoming flightline construction.
The BAK-12 is an emergency stopping system for tail-hook equipped
aircraft to prevent crashes and give assurance to pilots should their
aircraft experience maintenance issues.
The system consists of a cable stretched across the flightline that is
attached to the braking mechanisms on both sides. As the aircraft
engages the system, the braking mechanism will slowly apply pressure
until the aircraft comes to a stop.
After the week-long assembly, the BAK-12 proved it was capable of
stopping a 29,000 pound F-16 Fighting Falcon traveling at a speed of
more than 100 mph.
"The most rewarding part was seeing the plane hit the catch line. When I
first went out there it was a patch of grass and a flightline. We got
to see what we had worked so hard to do," said Senior Airman Taquan
Kelley, 460th CES power production journeyman.
Eight Airmen from the 200th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational
Repair Squadron Engineers provided Buckley's power production teams with
manpower, assets and expertise.
"This effort is a great example of leveraging guard and active-duty
assets to complete a mission. Installing two Barrier Arresting Kit-12
systems in one week is not easy. The entire team of power production and
heavy equipment personnel should be proud of their achievement and how
well they were able to integrate operations," said Maj. Gibb Little,
460th CES operation flight commander.