The barrier between life and death

Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart
An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base runs through a test of a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 Jan. 28 on the Ramstein flightline. Safeguarding equipment and the lives of military personnel, the BAK-12 ensures a safe deceleration of landing aircraft within a few seconds.

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Spangdahlem Air Base runs through a test of a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 Jan. 28 on the Ramstein flightline. Safeguarding equipment and the lives of military personnel, the BAK-12 ensures a safe deceleration of landing aircraft within a few seconds.

 

Senior Airman Jared Jones, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron power production journeyman, checks part of a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 for foreign object damage.

Senior Airman Jared Jones, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron power production journeyman, checks part of a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 for foreign object damage.

 

Tech. Sgt. Franklin Furman, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron NCOIC of aircraft arresting systems, measures wires from a Barrier Arresting Kit-12. When all else fails and an aircraft is unable to stop on its own, the BAK-12 decelerates the aircraft on the runway, ensuring the pilot and aircraft land safely.

Tech. Sgt. Franklin Furman, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron NCOIC of aircraft arresting systems, measures wires from a Barrier Arresting Kit-12. When all else fails and an aircraft is unable to stop on its own, the BAK-12 decelerates the aircraft on the runway, ensuring the pilot and aircraft land safely.

 

Staff Sgt. Seth Buford, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, records measurements during a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 test.

Staff Sgt. Seth Buford, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, records measurements during a Barrier Arresting Kit-12 test.