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Exercise: Crashed damaged disabled aircraft recovery

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron unhook a F-16 Fighting Falcon from the lifting sling attached to a 60 ton crane at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The lifting sling and guide ropes were used to keep the F-16 stable during the lift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron unhook a F-16 Fighting Falcon from a 60 ton crane at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The lifting sling and guide ropes were used to keep the F-16 stable during the lift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron rotate an F-16 Fighting Falcon as it lifts from the ground at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The purpose of a real-world crashed damaged disabled aircraft recovery is to clear the runway as safely and quickly as possible while causing no further damage to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron rotate an F-16 Fighting Falcon as it lifts from the ground at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The purpose of a real-world crashed damaged disabled aircraft recovery is to clear the runway as safely and quickly as possible while causing no further damage to the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron tie a guide rope at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. An aircraft lifting sling and guide ropes were used to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon stable during a disabled crash crane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron tie a guide rope at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. An aircraft lifting sling and guide ropes were used to keep an F-16 Fighting Falcon stable during a disabled crash crane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron place a pin into a lifting sling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The 31st Maintenance Squadron provides accessory maintenance, avionics, periodic phase inspections, fabrication, and aerospace ground equipment for 50 assigned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron place a pin into a lifting sling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The 31st Maintenance Squadron provides accessory maintenance, avionics, periodic phase inspections, fabrication, and aerospace ground equipment for 50 assigned aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

A guide rope sits on the pavement at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. Guide ropes were used to keep a F-16 Fighting Falcon stable during a crashed damaged disabled aircraft recovery exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

A guide rope sits on the pavement at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. Guide ropes were used to keep a F-16 Fighting Falcon stable during a crashed damaged disabled aircraft recovery exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron prepare a lifting sling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The 31st MXS provides accessory maintenance, avionics, periodic phase inspections, fabrication, and aerospace ground equipment for 50 assigned aircrafts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron prepare a lifting sling at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The 31st MXS provides accessory maintenance, avionics, periodic phase inspections, fabrication, and aerospace ground equipment for 50 assigned aircrafts. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- U.S. Airmen from the 31st Maintenance Squadron unhook a F-16 Fighting Falcon from a 60 ton crane at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Nov. 16, 2019. The lifting sling and guide ropes were used to keep the F-16 stable during the lift. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ericka A. Woolever).