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This year's Labor Day holiday may have been more eventful than usual, but it still signals the end of summer for many.  (Say it ain't so!)  But don't let that discourage you — with extended Daylight Saving Time this year and just a little bit of luck with regard to the weather, we may still have a few good weeks of short-sleeve shirts and airport afternoons in store.  While you're enjoying the last rays of summer, remember to keep a roll of film (or an extra memory card) handy.  Make AVweb a part of your end-of-summer adventures by submitting your aviation photos to our "POTW" contest every week.

Thomas Clough of Wauconda, Illinois did — and his bush flying photos climbed all the way up the ranks to take the top spot in this week's contest.  As our "POTW" winner, Thomas will receive an official AVweb hat in the mail, along with a few thousand oohs and ahhs from fellow AVweb readers.  Thanks for taking time to submit, Thomas!


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copyright © Thomas L. Clough
Used with permission

Super Cub Away!

Thomas L. Clough of Wauconda, Illinois kicks off the festivities this week.  In his shot, two Super Cub pilots strut their stuff at a bush flying demonstration on the Chena River near Fairbanks, Alaska.

"This photo was taken through the window of the stern wheeler Discovery II," writes Thomas.  (And we were grateful for the explanation, after 20 minutes of trying to figure out if that was a watermark or a window reflection seen beneath the Cub's right wing.)

(Don't think we didn't notice that Thomas is yet another Illinois native staking his claim on "POTW" territory.  We swear we're not playing favorites — but Illinois is stuffing the submission box full of great pictures lately.)

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 Kelly Andersson

Inside the Goose

We've seen some terrific pics of the Spruce Goose — perhaps more than usual this summer, since a couple of AVwebbers have trekked out to see her — but this one from Kelly Andersson of Missoula, Montana takes the cake.  Kelly was kind enough to submit several photos from the trip, allowing us to pick this as our favorite.

Sorry to say, the thumbnail doesn't do it justice, so be sure to click through to the full-size version.


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Used with permission of Robert Rhoades

Sky Diver at Franklin, VA

Lots of skydiving pics this week, but we gritted our teeth and chose only one to share with you.  Luckily for you, it's this one from Robert Rhoades of Powhatan, Virginia.

To everyone else who sent sky-diving photos:  Hang on to them for a few weeks and try re-submitting.


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Used with permission of Ray Montagne

Trucking Float Planes

Remember Dale Gardner's float plane tow from last week?  Ray Montagne of Cupertino, California shows us one in action this week — towing a plane in Anchorage, Alaska.



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Used with permission of Michel Charette

Surfing in the U.S.A.

Michel Charette of Bois-de-Filion, Québec (Canada) writes, "We took cover under this beautifully restored DC-3 in Oshkosh this year during one of the traditional afternoon thunderstorms, while listening to the Beach Boys playing their famous hit song on stage, right next to us."

We have to admit, it looks slightly more cozy than milling around in AVweb-issue plastic ponchos ... .


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Used with permission of John N. Olson

Lookin' for Trouble

John Olson of San Jose, California serves up this intimidating-looking bird of prey in a photo taken at the Lake Tahoe Air Fest Saturday.

Yeesh.  Even on the ground, this beauty demands to be called "sir."


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Used with permission of Zack Dillion

Delta IV Trail

Zack Dillion of Indianapolis, Indiana writes:

This pic is from my buddy, who was on vacation in San Diego.  [H]e and his wife were out for a nice sunset evening and caught the launch of the Delta IV rocket. When he e-mailed me the pic the next day, "you will be so jealous" was the subject line.

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.