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Those back-to-school specials must really be hot this week. It's the only thing we can think of to explain why "POTW" submission have dropped a mere sixty-odd photos. (Heck, we had almost that many in the running for "top ten" status last week!) Not to worry. We won't take it personally. No, instead we'll soldier on bravely and entertain ourselves with the top-notch photos that did roll in over the past few days.

At the very top of our pile is an eye-catching paint job from Mike Pastore of Illinois. Congratulations to Mike, who'll receive an official AVweb baseball hat in the mail next week. For a chance to win an AVweb hat of your own and, more importantly perhaps, the chance to ooh and ahh a hundred thousand of your fellow aviation enthusiasts submit your photo here!


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Used with permission of Mike Pastore

Knife Edge

Mike Pastore of Wheaton, Illinois takes home this week's top honors.

And although his photo took our breath away, we're not sure if that's Mike in the pilot's seat, Mike taking the photo, or maybe Mike who did the detailing. Whichever turns out to be the case, it looks like Mr. Pastore did a fine job!

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 John P. Stewart

Picture Perfect

While we were shopping for three-ring binders and girls' socks, John Stewart of Ypsilanti, Michigan snuck down to the Thunder Over Michigan air show last weekend. (At least he brought back some cool photos.)

According to John, "[T]hese beauties were ... cranking around to make another 'strafing' run as part of what was billed as the largest WW2 reenactment in North America.

"Fantastic formation work by these guys!" adds John.

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copyright Outwardbound Photography
Used with permission of Donald Neuberg

Cub in Your Face!

Donald Neuberg of LaGrange, Georgia didn't tell us much about this Cub or its owner but who are we to complain?

The photo does speak pretty well for itself, in our humble opinion ... .

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Used with permission of Gary L. Jones


Gary L. Jones of Clovis, New Mexico kept us busy with a batch of nifty vintage aircraft photos this week. We passed a few around before finally deciding to share this one with everyone: A B-58 taking off from Carswell Air Force Base (Texas) "in the early 1960s," according to Gary.

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copyright Robbie Culver
Used with permission

Napper Airfield Gate in Wedderburn, NSW, Australia

Remember when your dad said you shouldn't throw away anything that was well-made, because you might find a use for it later? The folks who put up the gate at Napper Airfield in Wedderburn, New South Wales (Australia) must have known your dad.

Robbie Culver of Waukegan, Illinois brought back the photo from a recent trip to NSW.  He writes, "Napper Airfield is literally in the bush and has a half-dirt/half-asphalt runway."

(Oops. We almost forgot to mention Robbie's friend Matthew Gray and the New South Wales Flying Club, both of whom contributed to the trip. NSW Flying Club, eh? Haven't we seen some photos of you guys in AVweb before?)

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copyright Jerry Milek
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In sharp contrast to the past few weeks, this batch of "POTW" entries came up a little short in the "Nature's Majesty" category. So to make up for it, here's a one-two punch of sunsets

Malibu Sunset

First, from the inside, courtesy of Illinois's Curt Smith ...

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copyright Jason Hartwig
Used with permission

Sunset Flight

... and then from a little ... breezier perspective, thanks to Jason Hartwig of the U.S. Marine Corps.

That's it for this week! Stay safe out there, and send us pictures!

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.