2-17. Load Bracing System. The cargo load bracing
system consists of a series of beam assemblies sup-
ported by vertical and horizontal rails. (See fig. 1-3.)
An end fitting assembly (fig. 2-4) installed in each
beam engages with the rails to provide the means of
beam support. Maintenance of the bracing system
consists of inspection of the complete system and
replacement and repair of the beam assemblies.
a. Inspection. Inspect the general condition of
the mechanical bracing system. Assure that the
assigned number of load bracing beam assemblies
are present (see list on door). Horizontal rails will
be examined for attachment to sidewall and for
deformation that prevents proper attachment of
beam assemblies. Beam assemblies will be ex-
amined for distortion and condition of end fittings
that prevent proper engagement in the rails.
b. Beam Replacement and Repair. Repair of
the beam assembly consists of straightening the
beam and replacement of the end fittings. Replace
end fittings as follows:
(1) Using a suitable punch, straighten the
crimped end of the pin (see fig. 2-4) and drive the
retaining pin from the beam assembly.
(2) Remove beam assembly with end fitting and
remove end fitting from beam.
(3) If necessary, straighten any damaged area
of the beam.
(4) Install replacement end fitting in beam and
install retaining pin.
(5) Using a punch, peen end of pin to secure in
(6) Install beam assembly into container.
Figure 2-4. Load Bracing Beam Assembly.