AVweb's Picture of the Week

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What's got soaring jets, majestic mountains, tropical beaches, and adorable children?

O.K., it's a trick question.  We all know the answer is the latest installment of AVweb's "Picture of the Week" contest.  We'll kick things off with a photo from this week's winner, David Coggin of Altus, Oklahoma.

Like all "POTW" winners, David takes home an official AVweb baseball cap for his contribution.  If you'd like to join in the photo fun and maybe win one of those hats for yourself submit your photos today!

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

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Used with permission of David Coggin

"All in a Day's Work"

You're not alone if this photo from David Coggin of Altus, Oklahoma made you ask "What the heck is that?"  Until you take a closer look, you may not realize there are two jets here.

David tells us he took the picture "a couple of years ago," but didn't go into much detail about where he was or if he was trying for this effect.  Whether by accident or design, it's catapulted him to the top of this week's "POTW" ranks, and we'll be sending Dave one of those sharp-looking AVweb baseball caps in the mail.

 
AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.
 

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Used with permission of Trey Carroll

"Viper Out of the Dark"

Speaking of jets, here's a particularly menacing Thunderbird from Trey Carroll of Knightstown, Indiana.  Actually, it isn't a Fabulous Thunderbird, but rather a USAF Viper painted in Thunderbird colors and on display in the National Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.

 

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Used with permission of John Hyle

"Earning Flight Time"

John ("Skipper") Hyle of Peachtree City, Georgia tells us the tykes in this photo are his sons.  They're off to an early start in the world of flying, wiping down the family MK-4, J's Bird.

Whew.  For a moment, we thought one of these guys might be Skip's A&P ... .

 

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copyright Kim Hatch
Used with permission

"Mopping Up"

Last week's fire-fighting photo from Charles Stewart inspired nearly a dozen similar submissions to this week's contest.  While we loved all the photos, we decided to limit our water-dropping finalists to just one this B-212 coming over a ridge in Spain, submitted by Kim Hatch of Nampa, Idaho.

   

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copyright Dan Valentine
Used with permission

"Under the Swaying Palms ..."

Does the name "Dan Valentine" sound familiar?  It does to us, because Dan keeps showing up in our stack of finalists week after week.  Not that we're complaining we've enjoyed every one of Dan's photos so far!

 

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copyright Joa Harrison
Used with permission

"Northwest Montana Winter Flying Beauty"

It's been a while since we ran a pure landscape photograph (with no planes in the foreground), so let's break that trend right now.  Joa Harrison of Kootenai, Indiana took his two sons up for a flight over the Montana mountains.  "My four-year-old really got a kick out of these 'pointy rocks,'" writes Joa, "and my two-year-old kept saying, 'Look, Daddy, big scary lions' (in reference to the chunks of snow-covered rocks)."

Wow.  You really can see the lions in the large-size image.  (Look in the lower-left corner.)

Maybe there are some benefits to flying with two-year-olds, after all ... .


To enter next week's contest, click here.

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, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.