He then engaged the down lock
, assuring the safety of the landing gear, aircraft, and maintenance team members, preserving a $330M E-3 AWACS.
The pilot reduced power and depressed the down lock
override (contrary to NATOPS), removing the mechanical stop.
A glance down Lock
Inn's racing record reveals very little to get enthusiastic about, so he is fortunate that owner Paul Leavy thinks so much of him.
When the lead pilot retracted his landing gear, a bolt linking the left inboard-gear door and left main-gear down lock
sheared because of stress fatigue.