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As you may have noticed, Team AVweb is back in the saddle following our annual excursion to Sun 'n Fun.  We enjoyed taking in the sights and gawking at the new jets and gizmos, but there's something we missed last week reader-submitted photos!  Thankfully, there was a healthy crop waiting for us on the AVweb server when we returned home.  Instead of a single week's entries, we had two weeks' worth of pics on our server.  And to our eternal delight, the best photos from the two weeks we've been gone ... are all centered around the number two!

Christian Goetze of San Francisco, California kicks off the theme.  In the process, he and photographer Melinda Green earn two brand-new official AVweb baseball caps, as winners of this week's "POTW" contest.  To win one of these hats for yourself, all you have to do is submit your aviation photos and, you know, win the top slot.  But hey you can do it, right?

*** THIS WEEK'S WINNERS ***

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Used with permission of Christian Goetze

"Station Keeping"

Christian Goetze of San Francisco, California introduces the "theme of two" with this photo taken by Melinda Green.  Note the two other pilots in Christian's formation.

 
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 Carl B. Jordan

"75 Years Ago Thunderbird Predecessors?"

Carl B. Jordan of Port Charlotte, Florida transports us back to 1931 with this photo of his dad's Army Air Corps Reserve unit.  As Carl explains, the Thomas-Morse O-19c in the foreground was the lead craft of the unit.  The other planes were Curtiss O-1 Falcons (like the one seen here in the background), but the squad leader flew an O-19C, whose tailwheel made it far more welcome on the early paved landing strips used by higher brass than the Falcons.

"Close examination of the photos reveals that the top left wing of the O-1 is actually making a shadow on the right stabilizer of the O-19," writes Carl.  "Now that's close formation flying in anybody's league.  Even today's Thunderbirds can't do any better than that."

 

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Used with permission of
Darrell R. Bohannon

"Flying Mirror"

Darrell R. Bohannon of Virginia Beach, Virginia supplies us with another pair of flying aces these from the afternoon air show at Sun 'n Fun.

(A big thanks to Darrell and everyone else who submitted Sun 'n Fun air show photos, by the way.  We couldn't be everywhere at the show, and many of you saw planes and stunts that we wish we could've caught in person.)

 

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Used with permission of Kevin Kilpatrick

"C-17 at Ramstein AFB, Germany"

There's only one plane in this photo from Kevin Kilpatrick of Somerset, New Jersey but don't worry.  You'll see the theme in the next photo ...

   

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Used with permission of Peter Barnato

"DC-4 Rainbow"

... which also features a rainbow!  See?  Two rainbows!

This one is courtesy of Peter Barnato of Alameda, California.  Peter dates the photo circa 1985, at which time he was right-seating in wait for it Number 02.

 

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copyright Nolan Wehr
Used with permission

"Wanna Fly?"

Nolan Wehr of Dalton, Georgia has an eye for elegant design and a sharp paint job.  Witness the Starduster Too, "photographed showcasing its beautiful elliptical wing."

 

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Used with permission of Brian Lee Robbins

"Narrow Taxiway"

Brian Lee Robbins of Columbus, New Jersey caught this landing (or is he taxiing for take-off?) while waiting out an overcast afternoon at Pennridge Airport.

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O.K., you caught us:  There's no two theme here.  We just couldn't resist including this one.

 

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Used with permission of Doug Reeves

It's been great digging through "POTW" submissions and picking our favorites this week, but all good things must come to an end.  And what better way to end our titanic two-fer than with two incredible sunset photos?

"Sunrise Mission for Van's Air Force"

Doug Reeves of Irving, Texas delivers up our first sunset.  The charming silhouette belongs to Danny King and his RV-8 Beautiful Doll.  The photo is courtesy of Doug's web site, VansAirForce.net.

 

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Used with permission of Caleb Ford

"747 Sunset Sydney to Osaka"

And Caleb Ford of Avon, Colorado sees us out this week.

Two words to sum it all up:  Desktop wallpaper.


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.