Picture of the Week

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Welcome back to "Picture of the Week," a regular feature wherein we select the best and brightest reader-submitted photos and share them with all of you.  This week's winning photo is from James Wreyford of Marble Falls, Texas, who kicks things off with a few well-placed explosions.  Grab your popcorn and let's check out the rest of this week's runners-up!

(Remember:  When you submit your photos here, you're automatically considered in our weekly "POTW" contest and the top winner each week receives an official AVweb baseball cap.)


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copyright James Wreyford
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"OV-2 Near Miss"

"Move!  Move!" should be the caption on this photo from James Wreyford of Marble Falls, Texas.  (We confess:  One of us actually ducked for cover when we saw this photo.)  Naturally, this is an air show photo from last month's CAF air show at Burnet Municipal Airport in Burnet, Texas.

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 William F. Tinsley

"I Too Was Once Indestructible"

Continuing with this week's unofficial Mission: Impossible theme, William F. Tinsley of Santa Paula, California has a harrowing adventure story:

"Growing up on a small airport makes for some interesting times.  After taking my girlfriend to her senior prom, I still had the tux.  Well, what do you do with a tux before you return it?  You do a little wing-walking, of course."

And to think:  Our "POTW" Editor was too squeamish to go swimming in his tux.  Pfah.


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Used with permission of James Rix

"Flying Octopus"

We're quite fond of the little historical gems that show up in our submission box from time to time.  And while we can't date this photo exactly, we can tell you what submitter James Rix (of Wichita, Kansas) told us:

"My grandfather worked with DeBothezat on the first helicopter to fly.  It flew in 1922 for one minute and 42 seconds at McCook airfield.  We found this autographed picture after my grandfather's death, along with other early airplane memorabilia."

Thanks for scanning and sharing the photo, James.  (We love this kind of stuff!)


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Used with permission of Dirk Tanis

"How Many Can You Identify?"

Dirk Tanis of Rock Hill, South Carolina brought this photo home from the aviation museum at Le Bourget in Paris, France.  Engraved on the prop are the signatures of many French WWI pilots.


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Used with permission of Pat Donaghy

"Waiting for VMC"

Rain was a common element in many of this week's photo submissions, including this one from Ioan Suciu of Bucharest (Romania).  We found Ioan's photo simple and to the point nothing says "waiting" like a wet windshield and a lonely headset.


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copyright Joseph Horenkamp
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"Short Water-Landing"

We'll see you off this week with a photo from Joe Horenkamp of Novi, Michigan.

For those who don't immediately recognize it, that's the Collings Foundation B-17 Nine-O-Nine under the U.S. flag sporting a nice color touch-up from Joe.  (We know it's a digitally-altered photo but ain't it purty?)

Joe wants us to remind everyone to support the Yankee Air Museum's hangar fire recovery program so we will.  You can find out more by visiting the "Donations and Needs" page at YankeeAirMuseum.org.

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.