Hot-cha! In recent weeks, we've moaned and complained about the
dropping number of "POTW" submissions — though, oddly, the quality
of submissions has been soaring. Well, folks, our complaining is
over. This week, we received nearly 100 entries — that's more like
it! — and all of them held to the high standard we've come to expect.
(Oh, we are spoiled!)
So settle in and get ready for some amazing aviation photos, brought
to us by talented AVweb readers from across the world. We'll start
you out with a rousing (and official AVweb baseball cap-winning)
take-off from Bob Tripp of Friday Harbor, Washington.
Wondering why we've gone back to the simple image-only pop-up
windows this week? Read our "Technical Notes"
sidebar for the full story!
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Bob Tripp
Bob Tripp of Friday Harbor, Washington
caught this dramatic moment at a small private strip
(i.e. a farm) just a few days ago. Bob's quick shutter
finger paid off with a top-spot win in this week's "POTW" contest.
Watch your mailbox, Bob — an official AVweb baseball cap is on its way!
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
with permission of Michael Montgomery
"Hangar Queen" Fred Johnson of Oldsmar, Florida
took this photo at a hangar in Bessemer, Alabama.
He and a co-pilot had just dropped off a family from
Baton Rouge when they spotted this grand lady in
the corner having some modern avionics installed. Medium Large
"Rare Bear Wins Gold!"
of Truckee, California
was at this year's Reno Air Races,
where he captured this fantastic image
of Lyle Shelton's
Great photo, Bill!
Because you were good to us this week,
we're returning the favor with extra pictures.
with permission of
Robert P. Strickland
"Sun Shines on Ron Spriggs" Robert P. Strickland of Elgin,
had Tuskegee Airman Ron Spriggs pose
for a photo at the new Tuskegee exhibit at
Fantasy of Flight in Orlando, Florida.
Used with permission
of John Endter
"Rush Hour in Reno" John Endter
of Minden, Nevada
aslo made it out to Reno for the Air Races
this year. He tells us this photo was taken
during the T-6 Silver Series, as the racers
were rounding Pylon Number 7. Medium Large
with permission of Scott Johnson
"All Champs Go to Heaven"
Two sunny reflections in one week? Afraid so, gentle reader — but when the second image is as breath-taking as this one from
of Milan, Michigan,
can anyone really complain?
The photo was taken at Honey Acres, Michigan,
as Scott and his traveling companions were
waiting for the morning fog to burn off.
with permission of Frank Ramos
"Family Paragliding" Frank Ramos
of Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)
(our new "POTW" capital) sees us off this week
with an inspirational image of a father and daughter
riding the winds above the Argentinian Andes. Medium Large
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
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