Picture of the Week

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This week's "POTW" competition was fierce!  We're tempted to say it wasn't pretty, but well, the photos are kinda pretty.  Especially the one from Jeffrey Austin Randall of Clyde, Texas, who takes our top spot this week.  As our weekly winner, Jeffrey will receive an official AVweb baseball hat and the undying adoration of tens of thousands of AVweb readers.  (Don't get too excited, Jeffrey we'll stand behind the hat, but we can't promise the adoration.)

With just under a hundred photos in this week's competition, we expected it to be a little easier to pick a winner but a full 30 shots made it into our "final ten" round, and whittling the contenders down to just eight photos took some work.  Remember:  If you'd like to see your photos here (and maybe even in the top spot), you have to submit your own photos.


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Used with permission of Jeffrey Austin Randall

There's No Place Like Home ...

Jeffrey Austin Randall of Clyde, Texas takes home top honors this week.  Up against stiff competition from stunning skylines, innovative new aircraft, and even a few heart-stopping air show photos, Jeffrey pulled out a "POTW" top spot with the power of sheer natural beauty.

The subject here is Abilene Regional Airport's ATC tower.  Passing showers left the rainbow, and the setting sun did the rest of the work.  (Well, except for focusing the camera and pressing the button, which we credit to the aformentioned Mr. Randall.)

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 Brad Donahy

Just Ripped Off the Mast

The Outback Blimp rises to flight in this photo from Brad Donahy of Odessa, Texas.

Brad snapped this shot from on top of the mooring mast as the Blimp was released.


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copyright Max Haynes
Used with permission

Prop Positioned

We can just imagine the hard-hearted, action-starved souls out there in front of their computers asking, "What's with all the natural majesty this week?  How about some excitment?"  To which we respond:

Max Haynes of Maple Grove, Minnesota is back!  In case you don't recognize the name, Max drops by once in a while to grace us with some truly amazing shots of Commemorative Air Force planes and pilots.

Here, Mike Henningsen in the P-51 Big Beautiful Doll "gazes through the prop of Gunfighter, flown by Larry Lumpkin."  Max also credits Scott Romuld as the pilot of the camera plane (a T-6) and tells this photo comes from a recent open house held by the Great Plains Wing of the CAF.

(More pics of Gunfighter.)


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Used with permission of Silvio Refondini


In the wake of all that excitement, what can we do but return to the natural beauty of a remote setting?  How about we travel (metaphorically, at least) to the Swiss Alps, where Silvio Refondini of Lausanne, Vaud Suisse (Switzerland) has a lovely A109K2 waiting for us.

And hurry up we don't want Silvio to leave us behind!



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Used with permission of John Clear

I'm Watching You

We thought we'd seen just about every paint job imaginable at Oshkosh this year but here's one we missed!  Thankfully, John Clear of Santa Clara, California snapped a shot of this anti-sub SH-60 and sent it to us as part of this week's "POTW" contest.

Very nice!  (Wonder if Bruce Bohannon's seen this one?)


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copyright Jerry Milek
Used with permission

Fun at the Airshow

From the high-tech, state-of-the-art sights at Oshkosh to the, uh decidedly low-tech.

Jerry Milek of Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) caught this fellow "clowing during breaks" at the Aviatic Pilgrimage Air Show in Pardubuce in the Czech Republic.


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Used with permission of Tim Loehrke

Staggerwing Rainbow over Oshkosh

"Two rainbow shots in the same week?"  Settle down, Beavis we couldn't pass up this one from Tim Loehrke of Herndon, Virginia.

If it makes you feel any better, this Staggerwing was parked in the vintage area at Oshkosh a couple of weeks ago, so you can think of it as a "AirVenture picture" if the thought of two "rainbow pictures" is too much for you.


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copyright Steve Fisher
Used with permission

Late Night Preparations for an Early Morning Launch

Steve Fisher of Simi Valley, California writes:  "Working into the evening hours, this view caught my eye as I walked back to my hangar. Plane in the foreground is my Sky Dancer (one of a kind). Background plane is a Bakeng Duce I share with my partner, Sonny Myers."

Time to turn out the lights, Steve.  We'll see you (and everyone) back here next Thursday for another installment of "Picture of the Week."

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.