Once again, we received a small (but high-quality!) batch
of "Picture of the Week" submissions from our readers.
We're tempted to crank up the encouragement and ask for more pics next week — but we'll settle for the
same super-high standard of quality we've gotten the last
couple of weeks, if we have to.
Despite tough competition (and several last-minute
reversals of the vote), Warren Woods of Palmer, Alaska makes
off with this week's top prize — an official AVweb baseball
cap. For a shot at a cap like Warren's,
submit your own aviation photos.
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Warren Woods
"Waiting to Get to the Plane"
Warren Woods of Palmer,
Alaska starts off this week's
barrage of great images with a one-in-a-million nature shot
from Brooks Camp Katmai. We'd send you an extra hat
for the bear, but we don't think we have any in his size.
"Clipped!" Drew Chaplin of
Bluffton, Indiana captured
the split second ribbon-cutting ceremony at
Oshkosh 2005 using his Nikon D1x. As Drew
points out, Sean Tucker is the pilot.
And the tiny strip across the C in Oracle?
That's part of the ribbon suspended in mid-air!
For the camera buffs, Drew shares the secrets of this
80-200 f2.8 AF-S lens, 1/1,000th second at f5.3 ISO125. Medium Large
Used with permission
of Steve Stombaugh
Steve Stombaugh of Avon,
Indiana caught this
dynamic shot of the Blue Angels' C-130 Fat Albert departing MQJ before the Indianapolis Air Show.
"It was a bit humid," writes Steve, "and appears the
props are working extra hard to generate the thrust
required to lift Fat Albert into the air."
It was a tight race to the top spot
this week. Take a look at some
of the photos we considered for
the coveted "Top Three" slots:
with permission of Barry Munden
"Airplane Rides" Barry Munden of Milford,
"I thought the price was a little steep,
considering you have to pedal it yourself."
Still, compared to avgas prices ... .
with permission of C. J. Anthony
"Sixty Years of Separation" C. J. Anthony
of Prescott, Arizona
was trying to get a shot of the White Knight
without the crowds when he snapped this photo
at AirVenture 2005. What he got instead was
a thoughtful shot of two planes that made history
in two different centuries. "My admiration goes out
to those who flew over Germany in the B-17 in flak
and heavy fighter cover," writes C. J., who adds,
"My admiration also goes out to Burt Rutan and his crew
for breaking new ground ... while taking extreme risks." Medium Large
with permission of
David L. Slaybaugh
"World Flyer Arrives at Osh '05" David Slaybaugh
of Taylorville, Illinois
caught another big moment from AirVenture '05 on film:
the long-awaited arrival of the Virgin World Flyer.
"See the Seaplane" Mark Myles of Oklahoma
plays "Where's Waldo?" with us in this photo
taken from a Radisson cruise ship off the coast
of St. Thomas. The image was shot with
a Canon 10D and 75-300mm lens.
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,
send us an e-mail.
Last year's fire season in the West was among the worst on record and was a tragedy on many levels but it painted the sky in spectacular shades. It was a poignant background for a beautiful aircraft at Redmond Airport in Oregon.