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Uncle! We give up; we're waving the white flag.
Please, go easy on us.
Last week, we griped about the recent downturn in
"Picture of the Week" submissions and pleaded shamelessly
for our beloved reader-contributors to pick up the pace.
We should have known we'd live to regret it. This week,
submissions soared back up to over 100 photos, and our sad,
beleaguered "POTW" staff has been poring over them in a
hidden bunker, debating the relative merits of each one.
(It's a tough and thankless job, but it beats working for a
After hours of deliberation and a few hurt feelings,
we're turning over this week's top-prize AVweb baseball cap
to Jakob Adolf of Madagascar, whose right-of-way dilemma
gave us a chuckle. If you like Jakob's photo, wait
until you see the rest of this week's batch — we had
twenty contenders for the number-one spot, and even
with an unprecedented nine photos in the full
article, we're leaving out some tremendous photos that we
just don't have time to show you.
Thanks for the great turn-out. Keep
sending us pictures, and we'll keep sharing 'em with the
rest of the aviation world!
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Jakob Adolf
Jakob Adolf of
Antananarivo, Madagascar is no
stranger to remote runways, but this recurring right-of-way
problem takes the cake. Until recently, scheduled
arrivals and departures took precedence over the train
but scheduled trains took precedence over unscheduled
As you can imagine, communications problems ran rampant,
and Jakob and company preferred to yield the right-of-way
they could. A new airport commander, however, has
the rule to give all aircraft precedence over trains,
Jakob's life a little easier. In his words, "We love a
guy like that."
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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
of Stephen Eisenbies
More evidence that planes always have right-of-way:
Stephen Eisenbies of Livermore, California
snapped this photo when a U.S. Navy T-28 lost an
engine and made a successful emergency landing
near his neighborhood. Here, the plane is being
towed back to the airport on I-580 — during rush hour.
copyright © Marshall-Maruska
Used with permission of Duncan Marshall
"Reflecting on the Flight"
Duncan Marshall of Chelsea,
sends us this reflected image of a Pitts climbing
the control cab at Aéroport Executif Ottawa.
Needless to say, we were quite fond of it.
Thanks to your generous submissions,
we have lots of bonus pictures this week,
so kick back and enjoy!
copyright © Paul Tipton
"Beech 18 — 2005 Central Texas Air Show"
Paul Tipton of Belton,
Texas used some nifty
camera tricks to get this image. While it looks like
this Beech is rising into stormy skies, it was actually
a nice day when Paul took the shot. He confesses,
"Camera was stopped down to show the reflections."
with permission of Matt Abrams
"Coming in Low"
of Ocala, Florida kept
showing up in this week's submissions, so
we picked our favorite shot from Matt to share
with all of you. This P-51 Mustang looks to be
Jimmy Leeward's Cloud Dancer, if our guess is right.
with permission of Michael Magnell
"Seawind over the Gold Coast"
Transoceanic Aircraft Ferry President
of Laguna Hills, California
submits this image of a Seawind flying formation
with a Cirrus over Australia's Gold Coast.
with permission of Mike McChargue
"Wing Commander's Bird"
of Clayton, North Carolina
writes, "Back in the 'Old Air Force,' every Wing
Commander's airplane was the brightest, most colorful —
O.K., really [the most] gaudy-looking — one on the
You said it, Mike — not AVweb!
with permission of Craig T. Martin
"Sunrise via Fairchild"
Another gorgeous photo from this year's Sun 'n Fun
Fly-In, this time from Craig T.
of Des Moines, Iowa.
"I'm not a morning person," writes Craig, "but this shot was
really worth waking up early. A friend of mine who
Fairchild died last fall, and so I have put this photo on my
screensaver to remind me of the many things he taught
me in aviation." Craig's image is certainly a powerful
one, and we've added to our own "POTW" desktop
wallpaper rotation. Thanks for sharing it, Craig.
copyright © Scott Naylor
with permission of John Crate
"Birds Coming Home to Roost"
of Orillia, Ontario (Canada)
brings us home this week with two whirlybirds
coming in from "a hard day of fighting crime"
for the Ontario Provincial Police.
Whew. Thanks to everyone who participated in this
week's contest. It took a while to go through all the
photos, but we enjoyed it! Please keep submitting.
To enter next week's contest,
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