AVweb's Picture of the Week

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Strap yourselves in, because this latest installment of "Picture of the Week" is action-packed!

Submission numbers dipped slightly this week (to around 75 pictures), but the quality was as high any week in recent memory. What's more, we received a larger number of "aircraft in action" shots than we normally do. Spinning props, swooping wings, and contrails dominated this week's contest, so we thought it only appropriate that the top spot go to Erwin Stam's dizzying helicopter photo. As soon as we recover from the vertigo, we'll be sending Erwin an Official AVweb baseball cap for his efforts.

Remember: We only award one cap each week but we squeeze in as many runners-up as we can. So what are you waiting for? Send us your best photos! Even if you don't win some coveted AVweb gear, you'll make our day and may brighten some pilot's dreary Thursday morning.


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copyright Erwin Stam
Used with permission

"Flares Away"

Erwin Stam of Medemblik, North Holland (Netherlands) decided to use a "shock and awe" strategy on us this week. And what do you know? It worked! We were so impressed with Erwin's photographic might that we had to name his photo this week's top winner.

If you're amazed now, wait 'til you click through to the full-size image ... .

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 Dave Upchurch

"Flying the Colors"

Dave Upchurch of Tucson, Arizona reminds us: Always take your camera to AirVenture! He snapped this shot during one of the Liberty Parachute Team's demonstration jumps at Oshkosh in 2005.

(The Liberty Team may bill themselves as the "opening act" at AirVenture, but don't let that fool you they're headliners in our book.)

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Used with permission of Pete Kellum

"Birmingham Nights"

Pete Kellum of Pinson, Alabama slows down the pace just a bit, with this night-time airport image (of Birmingham International?). For the camera buffs among us, Pete tells us he used a Samsung Digimax U-CA505 with 5.1-megapixel resolution. His technique? "Turned off the flash, pointed, and pushed the button."

Well, you can't argue with success, can you?

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copyright Charles E. Stewart
Used with permission

"Uh, Lead 57, Check Your Six Now!"

Charles E. Stewart of Apple Valley, California kicks things back into high-gear with this photo taken during last fall's Thurman Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains. Charles tells us the photo was taken on October 1, just a couple of days before the fire was officially declared "contained," about 2 miles from the town of Angelus Oaks, California.

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copyright Lija Flude
Used with permission

"Echoes of More Heroic Times"

Lija Flude of Toronto, Ontario (Canada) gives us another opportunity to reflect. This Spitfire stands watch over the Battle of Britain Memorial in England, located just west of Dover Beach.

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copyright John R. Davis
Used with permission

"F4U Corsair Bears Its Teeth"

Lest we think the glory days of warbirds are long gone, John R. Davis of Media, Pennsylvania reminds us there are many of these birds in service today some of them quite nicely armed, thank you.

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Used with permission of
Louise C. Anderson

"Foggy Afternoon"

There must have been quite a few delays at Fitchburg Airport in Massachusetts on the day Louise C. Anderson took this photograph. Louise tells us it has been a day full of rain, and as the sun set, there was a 25-foot fog over most of the runway. Despite the inconvenience, she did manage to get this capture this somber image of a few planes tied down, waiting for a better day to fly.

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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.