We're sorely tempted to put on our stern face and wag our collective
finger at you guys. For the third week in a row, the number of
pictures submitted to our "POTW" contest is lagging well below the
average for this time of year. But, frankly, the photos that
are coming in are uniformly spectacular. With only 48 pictures
submitted this week, we had 27 in our final round of selections.
The odd result is that we're getting fewer submissions but working
harder to decide which ones make the final cut.
We'd like to have more pictures, of course — but as long as the
quality is this high, we really can't complain.
A note about formatting:As most of you have noticed,
we've been tinkering with the format of pop-ups on this page for the
past two weeks. Despite our best attempts at testing, some of you
had trouble with photos from our
September 1 and
September 8 editions. We believe we've solved most of the
compatibility issues (with invaluable and much-appreciated assistance
from a handful of readers), but if you experience problems this week,
let us know. Please tell us what browser (and version) you're
using and what specific problems you encounter. We may not be able
to answer everyone directly (particularly if we can solve your problem
from here), but we are reading and tracking each problem with an eye
toward solving it.
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Mark Silvestri
"Kicking the Rudder!" You won't catch Patty Wagstaff standing still, but that didn't stop Mark Silvestri
of Upton, Massachusetts
from getting a photo. Rather than wait for a dull moment,
Mark caught Patty in action in her Extra 300S at the Patuxent
River (Maryland) Air Show a few days ago. Way to go, Mark!
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
Used with permission of
"One Last Night Mission?"
While Mark was at the air show,
Robert Oberbeck of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin was
taking things a little slower at the
Aircraft Museum in California. Even though his shutter speeds
were a little lower, Robert's photo of this RA-5 Vigilante on
display is no less breath-taking. Nice work!
Photograph by Guy
Used with permission
of Brian Blazey
"Is This Close Enough?"
Brian Blazey and
Guy Matthews of Palmyra, New York have plenty of fun
on their weekends, too. Take this photo,
for example — which Brian tells us they got by
using hand signals to maneuver a
J-3 Piper Cub into close range.
Man, you guys are getting good
at this "POTW" thing. See for yourselves:
with permission of Ryan Pemberton
"All That in a Cub?"
Speaking of Piper Cubs,
Ryan Pembeton of Spokane, Washington
spent the week at AirVenture camping under
the wing of his girlfriend's Cub. "With two tents
and 10+ chairs, we ... had a few people ask,
'How did you fit it all in?' The answer?
'It's got the big C-65 in it!'" Riiiight.
with permission of Kent Cook
"Look Out, Snoopy!" Kent Cook
of East Peoria, Illinois
sends us this photo of a low-level pass made
by Frank Ryder in the late '80s in his 3/4-scale
Fokker triplane. According to Kent, Ryder
had close to a hundred aircraft on display
in his WWI equipment museum, but (sadly) the
museum disappeared when Ryder passed away.
with permission of Ed Georges
"Open for Business" Ed Georges
of Long Beach, California has
been volunteering along the hurricane-devastated
Gulf Coast. He was kind enough to share some
airplane photos this week and included this one
of the Gulfport-Biloxi FBO in Mississippi. We're
glad to see these folks open for business in spite
of enormous difficulties — thanks in large part to
the many generous aviation personnel who are
volunteering their skills, services, and aircraft
to the relief effort every day.
"Watching Airplanes Take Off — 40 Years Later" Kevin Korterud of Norcross, Georgia
"I'm with the CAF Dixie Wing in Atlanta. While stopping
with the CAF P-51 in my old home town of Columbus, Ohio,
my sister and her family came out. We took a few pictures around
the P-51, but this one of my nephew struck me as being unique.
He is looking out of the old North American aviation hangars where
they used to build A-5 Vigilantes. I was in the same spot
40 years ago looking at planes taking off with my dad."
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.
A pretty airplane with a pretty backdrop makes for a pretty nice Picture of the Week. Air to air is always the result of teamwork and the chase plane team of pilot Tom Mitchell, photographer Jay Beckman and Bonanza pilot Tom Rippinger combined for a winner