Picture of the Week

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Welcome to AVweb's "Picture of the Week"! Longtime readers are no doubt aware that we enjoy this feature as much (maybe even more?) than our readers and we love to play our own little games with the photos you submit to our informal contest each week. One of our favorite games is spotting the themes in reader submissions for a given week. Sometimes there will be a lot of sunset photo, or lots of photos of twin engine planes, or lots of air show photos. This week, we could help noticing a very simple (but powerful) theme that doesn't crop up all that often: scale. Most of the photos we get tend to linger over airplanes in close-up, intense detail but this week, we had several photos that pushed the airplane a little further back, to show us the awesome majesty of the landscapes you were flying over (or through).


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Used with permission of Gert Coetzee

EAF Over Table Mountain

Picking a top photo was tough this week, but when all was said and done, we thought this image from Gert Coetzee of Cape Town, South Africa captured all the wonder and scale that seemed to be a prominent theme of this week's submissions. We were tempted to make it a four-way tie, but in the end, Cert takes home an official AVweb baseball cap as this week's "POTW" winner!

Oh, yeah, in the photo: That's Graham Chamberlain over Table Mountain.

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 Josh Cawthra
Used with permission

Smoke On

Josh Cawthra of Mobile, Alabama was a serious contender for that hat, as well. He sent us two photos of Skip Stewart doing his thing at a local air show in Alabaster, Alabama, but this was our favorite.

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Used with permission of Ryan Johnson

Early Morning ...

Ryan Johnson of Denair, California didn't give us much background on this photo but does he really need to?

(This one got turned into a watermark image and went straight into service as the background image for one of our desktop applications at POTW HQ. Sharp!)

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Used with permission of Peter Braswell

... and Late Evening Reflections

Would you believe this Stearman photo from Peter Braswell of Chesterfield, Virginia was so good it almost didn't make it in to the competition? We were so captivated by it, we saved the image directly to our "keep this one" folder and almost forgot to copy it into the competition folder!

According to Peter, the photo was snapped at a recent EAA Regional Fly-In in Virginia.

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Used with permission of
Wesley Alan Taylor

Helio Missionary Aircraft Demo

Wesley Alan Taylor of Johnson City, Tennessee was another submitter who provided us with a great sense of scale and background this week. (He also used another of this week's recurring motifs: fog!)

The photo was taken during a demonstration flight at Hensley Airpark in Chuckey, Tennessee last week.

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Photo by Theresa Koskella
Used with permission of Tom Staggs

Long-EZ Breaks Away Over Mt. Baker

As much as we love peeking into people's cockpits, we enjoy a good underbelly shot from time to time, too. Fortunately, Tom Staggs of Redmond, Washington was on hand this week with a dynamic shot taken by photographer Theresa Koskella.

Tom's the one in the cockpit, along with navigator Sean Staggs.
Ken Koskella
flew the photo plane, another Long-EZ.

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Used with permission of John W. Taylor

Sanyo Eclipse of the Sun

(Oooh, now we've got that song stuck in our heads.)

The Sanyo Airship stayed overnight in Cape Girardeau, Missouri a couple of weeks ago. John Taylor saw it off the next morning, taking this photo as the Sanyo team headed south.

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copyright Brian Emch/
Wings of Fury Aviation Photography
Used with permission of Brian Emch


Brian Emch of Lancaster, California writes:

Taken in [the] evening of the last day of the Reno Air Races last month. These two boys had already been warned once by security not to go out to the A-10, which had just been towed out. This time around, they got chewed out pretty good. But that's why there's a fence, people!

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Used with permission of Honey Whittier

Tower Sunset

Honey Whittier of Glendale, Arizona took this tower photo as her 16-year-old son was preparing for his solo.

Strangely, it arrived during the same week as another great ATC tower photo also shot in Arizona! We were torn as to which photo to run, but (fortunately for us), we noticed that our other was from someone who'd been featured in recent months and decided to give Honey a bit of the spotlight.

(Honey and Christopher: Both of you are welcome to send us photos anytime!)

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Used with permission of Peter H. Grimm

(Insert Witty Sign Post Joke Here)

Rather than close on a skyline photo this week, we thought we'd leave you with a photo that had us both smiling and scratching our heads. Not that it's particularly confusing, but well, we just couldn't decide on a punchline!

Thanks to Peter Grimm of Minden, Nevada for brightening our afternoon.

Keep 'em coming, and we'll see you here next Thursday!

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.