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Wow!  Last week, we mentioned that photo submissions had dropped a bit — to less that 50 submissions for the first time in many months — and you responded with a deluge of new photos!  We haven't had time to run an official check, but this is the first time we can remember "POTW" submissions tripling from one week to the next!  We're so excited about this influx of new pictures that we're going to run a couple more photos than usual.  So settle into your most comfortable chair and break out the reading glasses.

This week's winning photo is from Carl B. Jordan of Port Charlotte, Florida.  Carl's photo transports us back in time to 1927 for a 90-year-old lady's first flight.  Good job, Carl — you (and your dad's photo collection) have managed to top a very significant stack of entries this week.  As a reward, we're sending you one of our official AVweb baseball caps.  Watch your mailbox!

To win one of these hats for yourself, you'll have to submit your own aviation photos.  Each week, we award a hat to our first-place winner and share it (and the top runners-up) with our readership right here on AVweb.


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Used with permission of Carl B. Jordan

"Days Gone By"

Carl B. Jordan of Port Charlotte, Florida went to his personal archives this week and sent us this image of his father getting ready to take a pipe-smoking 90-year-old lady on her first airplane ride.  The passenger (who reminded Carl of Li'l Abner's pipe-smoking Mammy Yokum) takes a moment to pose on the wing of the plane — an Alexander "Long Wing" Eaglerock.

As for Carl's father, he went on to serve a 33-year stint as a pilot for American Airlines.  Having soloed in a Curtiss Jenny, he "literally went from Jennys to jets" — a distinction we thought worth mentioning.

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 © Dan Valentine
Used with permission

"Burning Spirit"

Dan Valentine of London, England (U.K.) is back again this week, with one of our favorite heavy iron photos from recent months.


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copyright © Jakob Adolf
Used with permission

"Déjà Vu"

Jakob Adolf of Herten, Germany takes us off the beaten path — to the island republic of Madagascar, where the Ankìzy Fund has opened four new airstrips to help with their educational and humanitarian efforts.


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Used with permission of Jim Tompkins

"I Love Being a Grandfather"

It's all a question of scale in this photo from Jim Tompkins of Lawrenceville, Georgia.  The lad in the photo is Jim's grandson, Addison Nash, and the event is the Joe Nall Giant Scale Model Fly-In.


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copyright © Max Haynes
Used with permission

"Over and Out"

Another semi-regular "POTW" contributor, Max Haynes of Maple Grove, Minnesota steps up to the plate in our time of need.  This vertigo-inducing shot was taken by Max while flying in an AT-6 piloted by Tim Barzen.  That's the B-25 Miss Mitchell soaring beneath/above Max's camera.  You can see more of Max's pictures of her here.


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Used with permission of Ryan Lunde

"Snowy Sunrise"

Ryan Lunde of Laramie, Wyoming kicks off the "stranded rotorcraft" section of our feature this week.  This U.S. Army Apache helicopter was stranded at Laramie Regional Airport by winter weather.


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Used with permission of Anand Lulay

"Engine Failure at 21,000 Feet AMSL"

Squadron Leader Anand Lulay of the Air Force Academy at Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh (India) faces a worse predicament in this photo.  Anand recounts "a hair-raising experience I had while on assignment in the Karakoram Mountains.  The tail boom of the helicopter is hanging over a precipice, a vertical drop of more than 2,000 feet."  The helipad itself sat at 21,000 feet above sea level!

Whew.  Makes us nervous just looking at the photos!


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Used with permission of Renee Gerez

"Going Back Home with My Dream"

We have to confess — in an effort to trim this week's entries, we almost dropped this photo from Renee Gerez of Don Torcuato, Buenos Aires (Argentina).  But then we read the comments — Renee snapped this shot on her way home from an EAA Chapter 722 fly-in ... on her Sony W800 cell phone!

As the best cell phone photo we've received to date, this one made it back into the runners-up circle.  Ain't technology grand?


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Used with permission of H. Douglas Stead

"Bet You Can't Identify This Aircraft"

Douglas Stead of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada) challenges us to a game we haven't played in a while:  Name That Aircraft.  We don't like to make this a regular feature, but it's fun from time to time — so, to close out this week's edition of "POTW," here are Doug's hints:

  • It is a war bird, but not an L-19.

  • Only 130 where built.

  • Has a 340 hp Lycoming, GW 4000 lbss, fixed leading-edge slots, very STOL, 4 seat, and back window lift to allow loading of a stretcher when used as an air ambulance.

  • But also has hard points for carrying a machine-gun pack under each wing.

  • This aircraft has been totally redone, inside and out, from its original military gray paint and has been panel-updated with a Dynon D10A EFIS and JPI 930 graphic engine monitor fuel totalizer.

"Don't cheat and look up the registration now."

(Sorry, Doug — we already did.  But we won't spoil everyone else's fun!)

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.