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It's a good time be the de facto "Picture of the Week" editor.
Submissions are coming through in healthy (but not overwhelming)
numbers, and the quality of pictures really is at an all-time high.
It can put a bit of a dent in your workday when you have to ogle 75 or
100 great aviation photos and try to narrow the field down to a few
worthy contenders – but it sure makes for a fun distraction.
Don't believe us? Try it for yourself — look at your watch and
see how much time you can while away looking at this week's top photos.
Don't bother feeling guilty about those passing minutes, either — you
deserve a break. Tell your boss AVweb said it was O.K.*
* Not really. Now get back to work!
Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of
readers who submit photos.
*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***
Used with permission
of Jeff Dinius
Hmm — two balloon lift-off pictures in a row?
Well, sure — if the pictures are as majestic as this
week's winner, from Jeff Dinius
of Loveland, Colorado.
Hopefully an official AVweb baseball cap will give Jeff
as big a thrill as his ride at
Balloon Fiesta 2005.
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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
with permission of Phil Groshong
Phil Groshong of Eugene, Oregon
touches down with Congressman Peter DeFazio
(D-Oregon) for the dedication of a new runway.
Phil built the Lancair Legacy shown here himself
and is the GA Services Manager for the airport.
And still he had time to submit an entry for
"Picture of the Week" — that's our kinda guy.
Used with permission
"Is It Time to Hit the Deck??"
of Mauckport, Indiana
titled the caption himself, although we had
fun coming up with our own alternatives.
On further consideration, maybe Robert's
caption is a bit snappier than
"For Pete's Sake, Fella, Duck!"
Are we into the bonus pictures already?
Time does fly when you're having fun.
with permission of Daniel Valovich
Apparently, lots of you saw the fabulous
Thunderbirds in action this past
Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas,
who caught the Thunderbirds' amazing
display at Little Rock Air Force Base.
It's not uncommon for us to get a couple
of Thunderbirds pics in the same week,
but this week's batch of submissions
included 14 different pics of the 'Birds
from 7 different contributors!
Used with permission
of Peter McCombe
of Gisborne, New Zealand
snapped this photo while flying in formation
on the way back from Auckland. We're still
not sure if it was an actual patrol or one of those
Sunday afternoon patrols you take when the
sky's blue and there's nowhere to be until 9pm.
with permission of Chuck Forsberg
of Portland, Oregon
submitted this photo a couple of weeks ago
and got cut from the final round of selections.
(Hey, the competition is tough these days!)
We were glad he re-submitted, if only because
the little red sign by the nose of the plane.
(Click through to
the large version to read it.)
Chuck explains that the horses here had escaped
from the stable at the Flying M Ranch in Yamhill,
Oregon and made a bee-line for the nearest runway.
Got one of those new laptops
with the wide screen for watching DVDs?
Here's two great wallpapers for your screen,
courtesy of "POTW" submitters with wide-angle lenses:
with permission of Patrick J. Maloney
"Landing on Lake Union"
of Columbus, Ohio
was kayaking on Seattle's Lake Union
when he snapped this terrific photo.
with permission of Stoney Truett
"Going Fishin' in Alaska"
of Cayce, South Carolina
takes us home this week. Stoney writes,
"There's more to see when fishing in Alaska
than nature. These working airplanes and their
pilots are every bit as beautiful as the scenery."
To enter next week's contest,
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.