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Sun 'n Fun kicks off in just a few days, and our Official AVweb Toothbrushes are packed. As usual, we'll be taking tons of photos to bring back home and show our friends and families and since we've got 'em, we'll probably post a few on the AVweb site, too. That means there will be no "Picture of the Week" contest next week. Instead, we'll roll over any new entries we receive into the next week's contest. (That means there'll be a fierce competition in two weeks which, in turn, means lots of great pictures to share with you.)

For now, we've got a great batch to tide you over starting with Bob Stetser's show-stopping helicopter pic. As the submitter of this week's top photo, Bob will soon receive a brand-new 2005 AVweb baseball cap in the mail. For a shot at one of these handsome caps, submit your photo here.

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


Copyright Bob Stetser
Used with permission

"Thunderstorm 2004"
"The sky appeared to be on fire with amazing colors,"
writes Bob Stetser of Palo Cedro, California.

Click here to view a large version of this image

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 Don Parsons
Used with permission

"Folding the Wings"
Don Parsons of St. Peters, Missouri
(a grand old "POTW" town for those who are
keeping track) caught this landing of a Douglas AD-5
Skyraider at Creve Coeur, Missouri. This gorgeous
bird, Don tells us, belongs to Eric Downing.

Copyright John B. Hayes
Used with permission

"Now and Then"
John Hayes
of Tucson, Arizona got
this great shot while watching a heritage
flight at the Davis Monthan Air Show.
An A-10, an F-16, and two P-51s
where else but an air show would you
see this kind of display? No wonder
we're itching for summer to begin ... .

Bonus Pictures

A little something to hold you over until next
week's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In galleries get started ... .

Used with permission of Ryan Stanley

"Early Morning C-130"
Ryan Stanley sends us this beauty of a photo
from an undisclosed location in Iraq. The shot
was taken in early 2005 using a Pentax Optio S4
"with the built-in night photo setting," writes Ryan.
(Yes, we actually do like to hear about your cameras.)

Used with permission of David Thomas

"WWII Basic Flight Training"
David Thomas of San Fernando, California
submitted this photo of his father basking in the
glow of his first solo flight. The photo was taken during
early days of World War II and is one of many that
David's father passed down to him. Hopefully we'll
see more of them at some point in the future ... .

Used with permission of Gavin Conroy

"Fighters Galore"
Flying us out this week is another great air show photo,
this one of a Corsair and 2 Kittyhawks at New Zealand's
Classic Fighters show in Blenheim. (Man, that must be
a great air show, considering how many top-notch "POTW"
entries have come from this year's event alone!)
Oh, yeah the photo is from Gavin Conroy of Blenheim.
(Sorry, Gavin; got carried away.)

To enter next week's contest, click here.

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.