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Welcome back to AVweb's "Picture of the Week."  Each week, we sort through the top aviation photos submitted by AVweb readers and choose our favorites.  We share the best of the best right here and award the number-one photographer with an Official AVweb Baseball Cap.

This week's winning cap goes to Billy Walker of Phoenix, Arizona.  Billy's submitted before, but the fun perspective in this week's photo took him all the way to the top spot.  Congratulations, Billy your hat is on the way!


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Used with permission of Billy Walker

"Almost Canopy to Canopy"

Billy Walker of Phoenix, Arizona wins this week's top honor and actually gets to star in his own photograph!  We're not sure who did the snapping on this one, but Billy's comments indicate he's the one flying the T-6.  In the foreground, Larry Perkins pilots the Yak 52-TW

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 Warren Woods

"A Horse and Dog Team on the Iditarod Trail"

We're not sure if Warren Woods of Palmer, Alaska is starring in his photo but we are sure it took some serious padding and steady fingers to get this shot of a sled team at Rainy Pass during this year's Iditarod race.  Oh, and there's a Turbine Otter in there too, for those of you who like airplanes ... .


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Used with permission of Warren Woods


"Not too much to say," writes Ryan Pemberton of Spokane, Washington.  "But with a beautiful grass strip and a Stearman fly-by, it doesn't get much better, does it?"  We tend to agree Ryan's scene is already decorating our computer desktop and making us anxious for warm summer Saturday afternoons.


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Used with permission of
William J. Oehlbeck III

"There She Blows!"

William Oehlbeck of Portsmouth, Virginia sends us this photo taken by his friend James Hopkins.  In the background is the 1990 eruption of Mt. Pinbatubo in the Philippines!


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Used with permission of Pat Donaghy

"Short Water-Landing"

Proof-positive that clever captioning does win you points in our weekly "POTW" contest:  We were quite fond of this photo from Pat Donaghy of Norland, Ontario (Canada) but it was his caption that made us decide it had to make the cut this week.


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Used with permission of Pete Dobbins

"Lone Star Lady"

We wanted to re-title this digital manipulation "X-Ray Specs," but we decided to go the original title suggested by Pete Dobbins of McKinney, Texas.  The B-52 seen "through" Lone Star Lady is actually the same plane.  Fun stuff, Pete thanks for sharing!


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Used with permission of Renee Gerez

"The Plane for the Bush Pilot!"

Fifty more points for clever captioning!

We all love the flying lawn mower, and here's Renee Gerez of Don Torcuato, Buenos Aires (Argentina) with pictures of it making the rounds at the Christen Eagle Fly-In in Buenos Aires.  For those who remember Renee from last week, yes, this photo was taken with his trusty Sony W800 camera phone!

Oh, and a quick apology to Renee for identifying him as a her last week!  I think we were a little pre-occupied with your cell phone specs, so please forgive us.


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Used with permission of George Mock

"One in a Million"

The flying mower is back this time in Windsor, Ontario, home of occasional "POTW" contributor George Mock.  Courtesy of George's Sun Parlor Radio-Controlled Flyers Club.


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Used with permission of H. Douglas Stead

"Bet You Can't Identify This Aircraft The Answer!"

Before we forget, it's time to reveal the answer to last week's "mystery plane" question!  The game was a fun one, prompted by some interesting customizations Doug Stead of British Columbia made to his plane.

Many readers guessed Doug's bird was a Helio Courier so many, in fact, that we were afraid to ID it as a Yugoslav UTVA in Monday's edition of AVmail.  We consulted with Doug just to be sure, and he told us that the plane is indeed a UTVA-66.  "I added the spinner, which is perhaps why some people thought it was a Helio," writes Doug.

The first reader to correctly guess the ID on Doug's plane was AVweb reader Al Runnells, who gets a special shout-out for his eagle eye.

Oh, heck who are we kidding?  This was so much fun, Doug and Al, that we think you both deserve hats!  We'll be in touch to get your mailing addresses.

Thanks to everyone else who played our impromptu game!  "POTW" HQ has been swamped with e-mails this week, so we may not have gotten back to all of you but we hope you had as much fun with this as we did.

See you next 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.