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Team AVweb has survived another hectic (but fun!) trip to EAA AirVenture.  Big thanks to all the "POTW" submitters past and present who stopped by the booth to say "hello."  It's always nice to place a face with the name!

And as much fun as we had cruising the grounds and taking our own pictures last week, we were anxious to dive into the "POTW" submission pile and see what you were up to while we were traveling.  As it turns out, you've been busy!  We received almost 150 submissions over the past two weeks and had a tough time narrowing it down to 10 or 20 pics to contend for this week's top prize.  When all was said and done, we couldn't resist awarding this week's AVweb baseball cap or rather, a matched set of AVweb caps to father-and-son duo Greg and Brad Palmer of Palatine, Illinois.  Though we didn't meet them at the show (that we know of), we think the Palmers captured the spirit of AirVenture perfectly.

Remember:  Each week, we award an AVweb baseball cap to one winner and share as many of the runners-up as time permits, right here on AVweb.  But you gotta be in it to win it, so submit your aviation photos today!


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Used with permission of Greg Palmer

"Young Joy at Oshkosh"

We don't remember meeting Greg Palmer of Palatine, Illinois at Oshkosh but it looks like he and son Brad had more important things on their mind than stopping by the AVweb booth.  While we were scrambling around the show grounds on Saturday, Greg and Brad visited the antique Army tent and tank display, where this shot was taken.

"Although it looks like a helicopter," writes Greg, "it is actually a Mohawk static display."

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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copyright David A. Love
Used with permission

"OSH Opening Day Bombing Run"

David Love of Hudson, New Hampshire almost started the Oshkosh picture-taking before we did!  He snapped this shot "from the business office of EAA's B-17, the Aluminum Overcast ... about 9:30am Monday," the opening day of the show.


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copyright Richard S. Smith
Used with permission

"USAF 22 at OSH"

Richard Smith of Belleville, Michigan caught one of our favorite Oshkosh sites on film the entrancing F-22.  We had a hard time snapping good shots of the USAF's new state-of-the-art jet and an even harder time believing they were real after the fact!

In Richard's photo, the F-22 is seen "squeezing moisture out of the air in a high-G maneuver."


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Used with permission of James Younger

"2005 Miramar Air Show"

James Younger of San Diego, California may or may not have been at Oshkosh but he certainly captured the air show spirit in this photo from Miramar.

According to James, the photo was a stroke of luck.  At Miramar last year, he happened upon this scene while hustling down the runway to catch an aerobatic demo flight already in progress.


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Copyright Stephen Max Freeman
Used with permission

"Omen on Friday the 13th"

Stephen Max Freeman of Dallas, Texas spooked us just a bit with his photo of an eerie cloud formation over Florencia, Colombia.  The photo was taken August 13, 2004 (a Friday) "in FARC country, ten miles from where the CIA aircraft was shot down."

In the wake of such omens, warns Stephen, "you don't stay overnight!"


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Copyright Elio F. Marcillo
Used with permission

"Essential Flight Gear"

USMC Captain Elio F. ("Frosty") Marcillo returns with an interesting (and well-staged) photo depicting the differences between civilian flying and military flying.  In Capt. Marcillo's words:

Flying out here in the Middle East is different from what we are accustomed to back home. We ensure we carry the essential gear that will get the mission accomplished.

How often do you carry a pistol just in case you have to return fire? How often do you need to bring a set of night vision goggles just incase it gets too dark and you can't see the runway because they are illuminated by IR lights? How often do you review your EPs before you jump in the cockpit

Staying focused from the moment I strap myself on my seat 'til I set the parking brake at the end of the flight will ensure a safe return back to the USA for me and my crew.

Regular readers may have noticed that we try to limit ourselves to a small sampling of sunset photos at "POTW" headquarters.  It's not that we dislike them as we told a couple of visitors to the AVweb booth, we actually really enjoy most of them but we limit the number we run in order to keep a little variety in "POTW."  Let's face it, Mother Nature can provide some spectacular scenery especially when you're photographing it from 8,000 feet above the surface.  If we didn't limit the number of sunset photos we run, they'd dominate this feature every week.

That said, here are two absolutely terrific sunsets for you to ejoy:


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Used with permission of Yvonne M. White

"Sunset Skydive in Casa"

Witness T. Gasparini's Casa 212-200 at the Frontier Skydiving Boogie in Batavia, New York on the evening of July 6 courtesy of Yvonne White of Bath, New York.


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Used with permission of
Christopher Neuhaus

"Two-Seven Left"

And another from Christopher Neuhaus of Munich, Bayern (Germany).  Christopher writes, "I know, people from Arizona are spoiled when it comes to sunsets. But for Germany, this is pretty much out of this world."

We dunno, Christopher judging from the photo, it seemed pretty out of this world on this side of the Atlantic, too!

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.