Picture of the Week: Thanksgiving Day Edition

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It's Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. time to reflect on the blessings of the year and spend a little time appreciating the good things that have come our way. "Picture of the Week" may not be a national institution, but you'd be hard pressed to find a web feature today that's more thankful for its loyal readers (and contributors) than this one. So, before we delve into this week's crop of photos, let us say "thank you" to everyone reading today's AVweb news. Without your pictures, your encouragement, your financial support (through shopping with our sponsors), and your constant readership through the years, we wouldn't be here to look at airplane photos and have a bit of fun with you every Thursday morning.


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copyright Christian Hauser
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Sheer Power

The phrase "kick things off" has never been more appropriately used in a "POTW" column than it is here, with this photo Christian Hauser of Vienna, Austria. "Boeing's chief type test pilot Ricardo Traven lets the Hornet thunder off for one of the displays at RIAT 2006," writes Chris. "Really a mighty machine!"

Thanks for participating, Christian! As the submitter of this week's lead photo, you'll be getting an official AVweb baseball cap and thank-you note in the mail. Keep your eyes peeled!

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 Daniel Valovich
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Never Trade Air Speed for Altitude

Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas gives us something else to be thankful for: "During a fly-in at a grass strip in Glenwood, Arkansas, this departure caught my attention. [The pilot] just barely cleared the tree tops."

A good photo and perhaps an even better reminder to heed Daniel's closing, "Be careful out there!"

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Used with permission of Jens Meinecke

On the Way to Adoption

Jens Meinecke of Graceville, Queensland (Australia) snapped this shot of his Angelbear en route to its new owner on a mission for Angel Flights Australia.

If you're unfamiliar with Angel Flights, they're one more thing you can be thankful for today. Find out more about this bear's mission in Jens's personal log.

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Used with permission of
Kenneth M. Chapman

Sunrise over New Caledonia, UAL863

Kenny Chapman of Canby, Oregon has sent us some truly amazing sunsets in the past and this one's no exception.

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copyright Andrew Moore
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#5 Title

Andrew Moore of New York City gives us a study in contrasts: "Michael Davis' brand-new Cub Crafters Spot Cub, taken from Michael Maniatis's De Havilland Tiger Moth."

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Used with permission of Nathan Luecke

As long as we're looking back on the year and feeling thankful, why not cast our mind's eye back to the distant past and revisit last Thursday's helicopter theme!

Hiding in the Grass

Nathan Luecke took this photo while serving in the 1-25 Aviation Regiment in Hawaii. This, he tells us, is Dillingham Air Field on the North Shore of Oahu. (From the looks of things, this is the "field" part.)

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copyright Daniel Weaver
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Where Is the Throttle?

Daniel Weaver of Alliance, Ohio asks the question; we're busy looking outside and hoping the PIC has things under control.

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copyright Max Tardiveau
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Sunset over Point Reyes, CA

Max Tardiveau of sees us off this week with another glorious, sunset.

Thanks, Max and everyone else who's taken time to contribute and participate in the "Picture of the Week" column. We'll see you back here next week for more aviation photos!

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.