Picture of the Week

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Summer rolls on and photo submissions continue to roll in. This week, we received just under 100 photos from readers all across the globe. After an exhaustive gawking session (and a few minutes of heated debate), we managed to pick a handful of photos to share in our weekly "POTW" column.

This week's top photo comes to us courtesy of Eric Van Glider of Moorpark, California. As a first-place winner, Eric should start watching his mailbox. He'll receive an official AVweb baseball cap any day now along with the thanks and well wishes of everyone here at AVweb. We always enjoy looking at reader photos, so please send us some more! Even if we don't pick yours as top winner in a given week and believe us, the competition can be fierce at times we'll still enjoy seeing it. And with a little luck, your photo may end up here one Thursday morning, in front of more than 100,000 AVweb readers.


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copyright Eric Van Gilder
Used with permission

"Dawn Patrol"

Eric Van Gilder of Moorpark, California cornered the top spot this week with a tried-and-true formula: Classic plane + classic composition = one of our favorite "POTW" entries. The Fokker, Eric tells us, is flown by pilot Jimmie New while the photo was taken from an accompanying Stearman just a few weeks ago.

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 Brian Emch,
Wings of Fury Aviation Photography

Used with permission

"Not-So-Calm Before the Storm"

Brian Emch of Lancaster, California turned up twice in this week's finalist pile. But as much as we enjoyed his other photo, we couldn't pass up this one of Sean Tucker at this year's Riverside Air Show. According to Brian, this was Tucker's "final ribbon cut in the Oracle prior to [the] accident."

For the camera buffs in the crowd, Brian got this terrific air show photo "with the Canon EOS digital Rebel with a Sigma 175-500 (+60%) AF lens."

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Used with permission of Garrett Nievin

"Reflections at Udvar-Hazy"

Garrett Nievin of Ashburn, Virginia attended the Become a Pilot Fly-In at the National Aeronautics and Space Museum this past weekend along with Bruce Bohannon and the Exxon Flying Tiger. Here, Garrett captures both man and machine in a rare moment of downtime, reflecting off the windows of an Udvar-Hazy Center hangar.

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copyright Margaret Jackson
Used with permission

"Margaret's Monthly Splash-In"

Margaret Jackson of Lake Wales, Florida tells us this is "just one of the many monthly seaplane fly-ins in Florida." They may be nothing special to Floridians, but to many of a us a moored seaplane is synonymous with summer ... .

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copyright Gary L. Dikkers
Used with permission

"AT-6 and KC-135"

Gary Dikkers of Madison, Wisconsin sends us this image of "an AT-6 and a Wisconsin Air National Guard KC-135 at the Volk Air National Guard Base Fly-In [at] Camp Douglas, Wisconsin."

Wisconsin, eh, Gary? Are you planning to stop in and visit with us at AirVenture this year? (You can find us in Hangar C.)

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Used with permission of
Timothy O'Connor & Mark Webb

"Will Fly for Food"

Tim O'Connor of Cincinnati, Ohio recently took his girlfriend, Connie Brockman, for her first spin in his Twinstar Gyroplane. According to Tim, both photos were shot while "on our way from the local EAA pancake breakfast ... to Sporty's (I69) for hot dogs." (We all know about the $100 hamburger, but man were you guys just trying to get your money's worth?)

In the inset, Tim cheekily gives Connie the caption Why Aren't You Supposed to Look Down?

Distance photo taken by Mark Webb. and used with his kind permission.

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copyright Erwin Stam
Used with permission

"Dutch Wave for Fat Albert"

The Blue Angels arrive in the Netherlands for the first time since the 1960s, according to semi-regular "POTW" contributor Erwin Stam of Medemblik, North Holland. Shot at Leeuwarden Air Base.

Thanks for the photo, Erwin we'll let this wave from the 'Angels see us off this 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.