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What does it take to beat seven gorgeous sunsets, six Red Knights, four adorable kids, three beautiful girls, two P-38s, and one natural wonder?  This week, it took a stunning in-cockpit photo from John Rippinger and Scott Sayre of the Lima Lima Flight Team.  Despite some stiff competition (see above), John scored an official AVweb baseball cap for his winning contribution.  The next time you see Lima Lima in action, break out those ultra-zoom lenses and tell us if he's wearing it in the cockpit!

Last week, our "POTW" submissions were down, and we asked you to help us have a banner week.  We even promised not to complain if you deluged us with photos — good thing, too, since you put us back over a hundred submissions this week!  While we can't run all of them, we sure do enjoy looking at them!  So keep sending your photos.  (But, um — "Beautiful Girls" Guys?  Try sneaking an airplane in there once in a while, willya?)

Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.



copyright © John Rippinger
Used with permission of John Rippinger

"Top Cover for Chicago"
John Rippinger
of Schaumburg, Illinois beat out
some tough acts to win top honors this week.  The photo,
John writes, was taken by Scott Sayre "from the back seat of the
lead T-34 on the Lima Lima Flight Team just before the start of our act."

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AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view larger versions.

copyright © Jim Haseltine/HIGH-G Productions
Used with permission of Jim Haseltine

"Flying High Over South Dakota!"
Jim Haseltine of Omaha, Nebraska contributes
this image from a photo shoot he did with the
South Dakota Air National Guard a few weeks back.  Jim identifies the jet
as an "F-16C Block 30 going almost vertical and popping out flares."

Used with permission of Dave Oberg

"Expensive Chew Toy"
Dave Oberg of Anchorage, Alaska hit the
nail on the head with his caption for this photo,
taken this summer at Brooks Camp on Lake Iliamna.

And because — well, because it's upside-down:

Used with permission of Ray Mansfield

"And Then There Was Ivan"
Ray Mansfield of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida
sends us another insurance horror-story in the making from
Hurricane Ivan.  Perhaps we should have warned
sensitive readers to avert their eyes ... .

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A Reminder About Copyrights:  Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest.  If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb.  If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.