Picture of the Week

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We'd like to kick off this installment of "Picture of the Week" with a hearty thank you to all those who took time to re-submit their pictures after last week's server issues.  Many of you mentioned re-submitting in your comments, and some photos we recognized from the mangled remnants of your first attempt.  Between the new submissions and re-submits, we received well over 100 "POTW" entries this week.  Choosing a winner was tough, and it became even tougher once we narrowed it down to the Top Three.  An eye-catching pic from Ralph Finch and Dan Kluepfel of Davis, California eventually emerged as our top pick — but only after we changed our minds 30 or 40 times carefully considered all the candidates.

As this week's winning contributors, Ralph and Dan will receive official AVweb baseball caps — sporting the site's logo  — to shade their eyes this summer.  We'd love to see your photos — and maybe even send you a hat of your own.  To enter the weekly contest, submit your photos here.


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copyright © Dan Kleupfel
Used with permission of Ralph Finch

"Ercoupe over Golden Gate"

Dan Kluepfel and Ralph Finch of Davis, California took to the skies for this amazing shot of an Ercoupe soaring above San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge.  After all those X-Men 3 commercials, it's nice to see the famous landmark in all its serene (intact) majesty.

Credit where it's due department:
Dan Kluepful took the shot, while Ralph Finch did the flying.  The pilot of the Ercoupe is Dan Hall of Aliso Viejo.

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 © the photographer
name withheld by request

"Beats Workin' for a Living"

An AVweb reader who wishes to remain anonymous sends greetings from the back of a C-130 "somewhere in the Pacific."  We loved the photo and very nearly named it our "Picture of the Week."

In hindsight, maybe it's best we didn't — an AVweb hat might wreak havoc with our mysterious submitter's secret identity.

Regarding Anonymous Submissions:
We can and will honor requests to withhold your personal information (such as your name or home town), but you must include those details with your submission.  It's nothing sinister — we don't use the information for marketing and don't sell it to third parties — but we do need to verify that you are a real person if we ever need to contact you about your photo submission.


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Used with permission of Dave Bier

"Riding with the Warbirds"

Dave Bier of La Grange, Illinois writes, "I had the extreme good fortune of riding in a WWII Corsair recently (back where the radio equip used to be) and snapped this picture as we formed up with a B-25, an SBD Dauntless, a Wildcat, and a Bearcat (not pictured off our right wing).  The planes were in town for an airshow.  Incredible experience!"


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Used with permission of E.J. Gonzalez


E.J. Gonzalez of Portsmouth, Virginia was on-hand when billionaire record-setter Steve Fossett stepped out of Virgin Atlantic's much-celebrated Global Flyer.  E.J. reports that Fossett received a well-earned round of applause as he touched ground for the first time.


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Used with permission of
Thomas W. Sawyer

"Florida Fire Control"

This time of year always sees a hefty rise in the number of fire-fighting photos submitted to our "Picture of the Week" contest.  Not that we're complaining — fire-fighting machines like this Boeing 107 lend themselves to some really exciting photos.  Thomas W. Sawyer of Ocklawaha, Florida tells us this helicopter works fire control in the Ocala National Forest — and was on its way to another mission when he snapped the photo.


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Used with permission of Jeff Brooks

"The Go/No-Go Decision"

Based on this photo from Jeff Brooks of Flushing, Michigan, it looks like the decision's already been made.

Jeff writes, "After tying down all the aircraft on Western Michigan University's ramp, I decided to get some pictures of the incoming storm and, to my surprise, caught a beautiful shot of Mother Nature at its finest."

Kids in the Cockpit

Long-time "POTW" readers know we can't resist pointing out the trends in our weekly submissions — and this week's photos featured a surprisingly high number of cockpit photos.  (Eighteen, to be exact.)  Of those, we had three great-looking "kids in the cockpit" photos.

Now, there are two kinds of "POTW" reader (according to the letters we receive) — those who are about to shout "Oh, cute!  Honey, come here and look at this!" and those who will go, "Oh, no, three pictures with no airplanes in them."

You can both consider yourselves warned.


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Used with permission of Tina Nelson

"Future Captain"

Tina Nelson of San Carlos, California put her niece, Julia Dellenbach, at the stick of a 747 at KSQL's Hiller Aviation Museum — and this the result.


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Used with permission of Tina Madovoy

"Where to, Captain?"

Another Tina (Tina Madovoy of Clarksville, Tennessee) had the same idea this week.  This is her 7-month-old son "taking his first ride in a Cessna 152."


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Used with permission of Rajeev Pandey

"Aviators in the Making"

Rajeev Pandey of Corvallis, Oregon is taking things a bit slower with his two sons, ages 3 and 5 years old.  Not only did he wait until they'd mastered walking and talking to begin their training, but he also started them out on a cockpit familiarization trainer at Oregon's Evergreen Air Museum (home of the Spruce Goose).

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.