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The mystery of a very heavy 747

Normally, the nose strut should extend, followed by the nose gear breaking ground. The nose should rise, as checked on the attitude indicator. So what was going on here? The line was tight but it felt like a snag. The nose wasn’t coming up. Of course, this was happening very fast. Too fast to say more than, “Nose is heavy.” Way past the point of stopping.

Sometimes you have to break the rules

As we started down, day became night in thick clouds. My wingman, Mark, tucked in tight, fixed on my flashing wingtip strobe. Just then, inexplicably, the loud static began. Still in the clouds and unable to receive or transmit to ATC or my wingman, I got that I see bad trouble ahead feeling.