RAPIDLY EMPLACED BRIDGE (REB)
RECOVERY BY HELICOPTER
Unit commanders are cautioned of the necessity to
anticipate requirements for an airlift operation and
arrange for timely delivery.
Recovery by helicopter is performed under conditions
where it may be necessary to use a helicopter to remove
bridge from ground or gap where CBT is not available
or site conditions make it impossible to retrieve bridge
by any other means.
Two personnel can prepare and rig bridge in 20
The bridge can be transported by helicopter at speeds
up to 130 knots.
Perform steps 1 through 3 if bridge anchorage is
When recovering bridge by helicopter, the bridge
anchorage must stay with the bridge.
1. If installed, remove anchoring pins from ground. Refer to WP 0018 00.
2. Anchoring straps and hold-fasts are carried in aircraft or ground transport to
bridge deployment site.
3. Stow anchoring pins, sledge hammers, nail heads, removers, and drawing
apparatuses in anchorage stowage boxes. Refer to WP 0007 00.
4. Secure all loose equipment with tape or tie-straps, and check all latches to
ensure they are securely fastened.
Since bridge is symmetrical in design, either end can be
designated as the front to be flown forward. The chains
connecting the forward sling set to the bridge will be set
at the third chain link. The chains connecting the aft
sling set to bridge will be set at the twenty-fifth chain
5. Position two sling legs (2) on bridge half (1), and connect two sling legs (2) to
apex fitting (3) with coupling link (4).