weldment frame that has four padded braces. The
handles have knurled gripping surfaces. A missile is
secured in the cradle by a web strap attached to the
tie-down assembly and the bar buckle.
Two Aero 64A1 hoisting bars must be used to
manually lift a Sparrow missile from a missile skid to
an aircraft wing or fuselage-mounted launcher.
AERO 68A HOISTING BAR
The Aero 68A hoisting bar (fig. 9-13) is a bar
within a bar that has a hook assembly attached.
Extending the internal bars 15 7/8 inches each can
increase the length of the bar.
To manually lift the weapon, you must hook the
Aero 68A hoisting bar into the weapon lugs. This bar is
used to handle or transport any weapon having standard
lugs. Weapons weighing up to 1,000 pounds can be
lifted if two bars are used.
HLU-256/E MANUAL HOISTING BAR
The HLU-256/E manual hoisting bar (fig. 9-14)
consists of a round steel bar with a removable bomb
nose plug connector and tail stop plates on one end. A
quick-release pin secures the nose plug connector to the
bar. When a tee configuration is desired, the nose plug
can be relocated to a position at the bar's midpoint. The
opposite end of the bar can be used as a lift point in the
bomb's tail end. A tail stop is situated 18 inches from
this end of the bar.
The HLU-256/E manual hoisting bar is used to
manually lift Mk 80 series general-purpose bombs that
loading/unloading operations. It is also used for
weapons assembly purposes.
REVIEW NUMBER 3
What is the purpose of stands?
Figure 9-13.Aero 68A hoisting bar.
Figure 9-14.HLU-256/E manual hoisting bar.