Picture of the Week
Christopher Mars of Aurora, OH shares a unique homebuilt aircraft in this week's top photo. Click through for more reader-submitted images.
Boys and Their Toy
Christopher Mars of Aurora, OH
My boys and their baby Piet that began its life as a decrepit jogging stroller and a pile of wood scraps. Added some fabric, cables, and an aluminum prop — and POOF, an airplane was born!
All control surfaces function. The rudder pedals are even linked to the rudder and tailwheel.
Laurie DePuis of Hamilton, OH
copyright © Laurie DePuis
Photo of my son heading for an old Waco biplane at Morraine Airpark in Ohio. We were there having the props balanced on our 310, and I brought the camera because there is no such thing as having too many pictures of my son with airplanes.
T-6 Rides at Reklaw
Jack Fleetwood of Round Rock, TX
copyright © Jack Fleetwood
Harold W. Clemens of League City, TX
Seven miles offshore at Galveston, Texas.
Nikon D80. 55mm to 200mm zoom. No manipulation.
Earth, Water, Sky
Dr. Daniel Spitzer of Piermont, NY
copyright © Daniel Spitzer, M.D.
Peak leaf coloration had just passed, several weeks ago, as I circled over Harriman State Park, about 30 miles north of New York City. From 1,700 feet MSL, gazing down into the nearly still water, shortly after dawn, the bright blue sky and white clouds stood out in contrast to the dappled coloration of the trees below. I circled there for the better part of an hour, working on the perfect composition with the ideal reflection. And then — pure serendipity — a contrail appeared, and a jet high overhead headed west.
Levels adjusted. Cropped for symmetry. Leica M240, 135 mm lens. ASA 400.
Bill Hecht of Reading, MA
The Collins Foundation B-17 at Beverly Airport in August of 2013. Its nose art is "909" (after its serial number). I flew a B-52 during Desert Storm with the same Nose Art and the name "509" in 1991 as a radar navigator (bombardier).
No manipulation; taken with an iPhone.
James Shelton of Independence, MO
I took my friend, Paul Frank, for a birthday ride in the EAA Ford Tri-Motor in September 2013.
We rode to the Lee's Summit, Missouri, airport in my 1948 Willys-Overland Jeepster, and I was allowed to photograph the car and plane together.
The camera was a Canon T4i with the kit EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II lens at 18mm, 1/250s, and ISO 100.
The photo is unaltered except for size reduction.
I liked the caption "RIDES" because it applies to both the plane and the car and is painted under the wing. I had this photo printed onto an aluminum panel and it looks great on my wall! It also is now my favorite computer wallpaper.
RAAF F111, Low and Slow at Wanaka 2008
Fred Bain of Pukekohe, New Zealand
File size reduced only.
Cessna 210 Over Tasmanian Wilderness
Eddie Edwards of Barwon Heads, Victoria (Australia)
Taken from the window of my C-210. Early morning fog over Lake Pedder on Tasmania (an island south of Australia) on a fairly rare clear day.
Sony Digital. No Photoshopping.
WilgaBeast Backcountry at Cabin Creek (Idaho)
Cory "Threeper65" Robin of Herriman, UT
Backcountry flying! Whoo-hoo!
Taken June 23, 2013 at Cabin Creek Airstrip in Idaho.
Absolutely no image manipulation.
The Shortest International Commercial Runway in the World
John Magor of Saba, Denmark
copyright © John Magor/Sea Saba Dive Center
The runway at Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport on the Dutch island of Saba in the Northeastern Caribbean is only 400m in length — shorter than an aircraft carrier. The airport was inaugurated on September 18, 1963. At the time of its inception, many thought a landing strip on the Unspoiled Queen was a pipe dream, but with the enthusiasm of Captain Remy F. de Haenen and the persistence of the Saba people, the project — and a monumental change in the quality of life for the islanders — was achieved. Those willing to dare the 12-minute flight from nearby St. Maarten now have the option of four flights per day. Depending on the wind conditions, the de Havilland Twin Otter often uses only half of the runway to stick the landing between the waters of the Cove Bay and the Caribbean Sea. As you approach the Unspoiled Queen, the rugged terrain of Saba blocks out the entire sky until the aircraft makes the final turn, and the restricted runway can be seen as you peer over the shoulders of the Winair or Windward Express pilots. Take-off is as exciting: The aircraft first swings 180 degrees, a roar of engines ... lift-off ... the sight of jagged cliffs and the deep blue of the Caribbean Sea emerge before you realize you can now exhale.
Famous not only for its runway, Saba is a top-rated scuba diving destination with 30 protected sites and three professional dive operators. The Saba Conservation Foundation is in charge of the marine park as well as 14 manicured hiking trails in seven varied climate zones. Accommodations are available from eco style to luxury as well as private house rentals. Learn more at SabaTourism.com.
Steppin' Up (Judd Lake, Alaska)
Randy Taylor of Anchorage, AK
Mt. McKinley (Denali) from 10,0000 Feet
Charles H. Haubrich of Williamstown, NJ
Stayed overnight in Talkeetna on a trip from New Jersey to Alaska. Met up with 12 other Cirrus aircraft along the way, six from the East Coast and six from the West Coast.
Taken in July 2005 with Nikon Coolpix camera from Cirrus SR-22. No manipulations.
Alex & William S. Grant of Azle, TX
My son Alex took this with his iPhone Thanksgiving morning over Fort Worth, Texas, as we headed to Tulsa to spend the day with my daughter and new son-in-law.
John Mohr Waves Goodbye to the Air Show Business
Geoff Sobering of Madison, WI
copyright © Geoff Sobering
This photo seems appropriate for John's retirement. It was taken during one of his last performances last summer at the Wings Over Waukesha air show.
It was taken with a Canon EOS-40D and EF 500mm f/4 IS lens.
Short Final in the New Standard
Joe Bouza of Laplace, LA
Took this from the open cockpit of Waldo's Flying Service's New Standard in Kissimmee, Florida. Waldo's is based at Kermitt Week's Fantasy of Flight Museum. Best day of ever!
Picture was taken with my iPhone.
Aletsch Glacier and Jungfraujoch Observatory
Werner Bucher and Gilbert Benzonana of Grand Lancy, Geneva (Switzerland)
copyright © Werner Bucher
The Aletsch Glacier in Switzerland is the longest (23.6 km) of the Alps, and its maximum depth is 900 meters. The observatory is used for meteorological and astronomic observations.
Photo taken with a Fuji X10 camera at 1/1900 sec, focal length 20 mm. The photo was not modified; the original file was just reduced to under 1 MB.
The Israeli Air Force Museum's F-15i
Stan Greenspan of Toronto, ON (Canada)
The Israeli Air Force Museum displays all the aircraft ever in service. Unlike other museums, it includes the F-15i, a combat aircraft, in its displays.
Taken from the "6" location, a view rarely seen unless on the ground or in formation.
Taken at the Hatzerim Air force Base, located southwest of Be'er Sheva, Israel.
No changes or adjustments to the photo.
Island Ridge Top Above the Haze (Great Salt Lake, UT)
Cory Wolf of Syracuse, UT
It was late October, and I took my 205 out to land on Fremont Island for the first time. This strip sits at the top of the island along a ridge line. The golden sun and haze made for a spectacular view out over the lake.
Shot with nothing special — just a the camera on my HTC Evo phone.
"Off Your Right Wing — San Francisco"
Dale Morris of Woodland, CA
Taken on a flight to Half Moon Bay in an RV-12.
Boys and Their Toy
Christopher Mars of Aurora, OH My boys and their baby Piet that began its life as a decrepit jogging stroller and a pile of wood scraps. Added some fabric, cables, and an aluminum prop — and POOF, an airplane was born! All control surfaces function. The rudder pedals are even linked to the rudder and tailwheel.