Picture of the Week

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"Picture of the Week" submissions inch back up to normal levels this week, with just under 100 photos in our contest.  As usual, our photos come from all around the globe — although this week, there seemed to be a curiously high number of submissions from Illinois, at least among our top ten or fifteen contenders.  (What, did you guys all get the week off work?)  Two of them even made it into this week's feature, although if you're looking for our winning photo, you'll want to shift your gaze a bit to the southwest — to Lawrence, Kansas, home of Doug DuBois.

Congratulations, Doug!  Keep your eye on the mailbox, 'cause we'll be sending you one of those sharp-looking AVweb baseball caps to warm your head in that li'l Dragonfly.

To win one of these hats for yourself, you must submit your aviation photos!  Each week, we'll choose our favorites and share them right here on AVweb — but we can only do that if you keep sending photos.  So get cracking!  (Maybe your state or province can make it a week-long holiday, like they do in Illinois.)


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copyright © Doug DuBois
Used with permission

M.C. Escher Tows a Glider

Doug DuBois of Lawrence, Kansas writes:

This is a self-portrait of myself, towing a hang glider aloft with a Bailey-Moyes Dragonfly tug. The disorienting, M.C. Escher-like composition is due to the fact that I am aiming my camera at the tug's large rear-view mirror, capturing myself, the Dragonfly, and the glider on tow, with a straight-ahead view of the Ottawa, Kansas countryside surrounding the mirror.

Adventure AirSports, LLC owns the tug and uses it to provide hang gliding instruction and towing in the flat lands of eastern Kansas.

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 Michael Kant

F-16 Tailcone

There's no end to the comments we could make about this photo from Michael Kant of Kitimat, British Columbia (Canada).  But we haven't had a picture that speaks so — uh, eloquently for itself in recent memory.

("Taken at Abbottsford Airshow on August 11th," according to Michael.  Be sure to click through to the medium- or full-sized version for a better view.)


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copyright © Christopher S. White
Used with permission

"Was There Really a Man in There, Daddy?"

The B-17 Sentimental Journey sure gets around!  What's more, she always inspires people to break out their cameras — we can't tell you how many times we've seen this girl in "POTW" entries, and she always seems to make the final round of selections.

Christoper S. White and son Chris (of Granville, Ohio) saw Sentimental Journey at the Zanesville Municipal Airport earlier this month.


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Used with permission
of John Andrew Karas

Into the Blue

John Andrew Karas of Greenfield, Wisconsin (Illinois's Neigbor to the North™) writes, "Bi-plane acrobatics are so fun to watch and shoot. Every show seems to bring something different."



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copyright © Dave Markson
Used with permission of Kevin Kilpatrick

Lady Liberty

Kevin Kilpatrick of Merrimack, New Hampshire flew through the New York City VFR corridor with passenger Dave Markson (who snapped this incredible photo) back in January 2005.

Big thanks to both of you guys for sharing.  This one's going straight to the desktop wallpaper file.


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Used with permission of Dave Philipsen

Double Vision

Dave Philipsen of Bloomington kicks off our Illinois double-shot ...


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copyright © Robbie Culver
Used with permission

Grandpa's Helicopter

... and Robbie Culver of Waukegan brings it home — literally.

Here we see Joshua "Bean" Culver looking on as Grandpa Pete Bayer flies an R.C. helicopter at the Naper Aero fly-in community in Naperville.


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copyright © Chris Marshall
Used with permission of Derich Hofmann

Beaver — Is This for Real?

To wrap it up this week, we turn to Derich Hofmann of Antelope, Oregon:

Taken last week up at Young Life's Malibu Club youth camp at the Princess Louisa Inlet in British Columbia, Canada. While it's a real airplane, for some reason the photo makes it look like a toy, almost like the old movies that used models for some of the scenes. Chris [Marshall] is a great friend of mine that took this photo. When I told him there's a lot of folks out there in the world that would love to see this, he had no problem with me sending this in to you.

We've certainly go no problem with it, Derich.  Send our thanks to Chris — and for everyone who's reading this on AVweb, here's another one where you'll want to click through for the full-size image.  (Especially if you have a nice "widescreen" monitor layout.)

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.