by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp
9/23/2015 - NAVAL AIR STATION WILDWOOD AVIATION MUSEUM, N.J. -- More
than 20 members of the 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged
Aircraft Recovery team participated in training, Sept. 19, involving
crane lifting an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft at Naval Air Station
Wildwood Aviation Museum, New Jersey.
The 177 FW CDDAR team is a secondary duty for these airmen, and includes
specialists from almost every Air Force Specialty Code within the
"The training is necessary for completing a tri-annual certification,
and the real-world use is in the event an F-16 is immobile and needs to
be lifted by a crane and moved off the runway area," said Tech. Sgt.
Robert Taylor, a CDDAR team member. "Our main goal is to remove the
aircraft as quickly and safely as possible, without causing any
"We haven't had to use this maneuver in a real-world scenario, and
hopefully never do, but this team is very capable of handling it," said
Master Sgt. Chris Foye, a 177 FW CDDAR team member.
"In the event a plane went down, we need airmen that are familiar from
each component," Taylor said. "Not everybody is specialized in
everything, but everyone is specialized in something."