CDDAR Heavy Lifting

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane, Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane, Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team work to hook a crane to an F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team work to hook a crane to an F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team work to hook a crane to an F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team work to hook a crane to an F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye, from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team, briefs the rest of his team on proper hook placement on the F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye, from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team, briefs the rest of his team on proper hook placement on the F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team stands on the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during CDDAR crane-lift training Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team stands on the wing of an F-16 Fighting Falcon during CDDAR crane-lift training Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team briefs the rest of his team on proper hook placement on the F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Christopher Foye from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team briefs the rest of his team on proper hook placement on the F-16 Fighting Falcon fuselage Sept. 19, 2015 at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp /released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp /released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

U.S. Air Force airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th Fighter Wing Crash Disabled Damaged Aircraft Recovery team maneuver an F-16 Fighting Falcon hooked up to a crane lift, Sept. 19, 2015, at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, N.J. The CDDAR team completed crane lift training, a tri-annual certification used in the event an immobile aircraft needs to be removed from a runway quickly and safely. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Shane S. Karp / released)

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, 2015, involving crane lifting an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum, New Jersey.

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 secondary damage," Taylor said.

"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. 

The 177 FW CDDAR team is a secondary duty for these airmen, and includes specialists from almost every Air Force Specialty Code within the maintenance squadron.

"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."