Picture of the Week

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Welcome to another installment of AVweb's "Picture of the Week" the feature that showcases our readers' keen eyes and impeccable taste in aerial photography. Normally, we see a little bit of decline in the number of submissions over the week of Thanksgiving, but our submission box was pretty full this week, in spite of the holiday. Without further adieu, here are some of the best from this week's crop of over 75 photos:


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copyright Jim Wilson
Used with permission

Pulling Gs

It's been a while since a head-on plane-to-plane shot made it all the way to the top spot and took home the coveted top prize (an official AVweb baseball cap and our eternal gratitude, for the record).

Jim Wilson of Allen, Texas breaks that streak and shows us F-15 pilot Scott Perdue in a different setting than he's used to having his picture taken, piloting his Extra 300.

Thanks for the photo, Jim. We'll be sending that AVweb cap out to you in a day or so watch your mailbox!

Remember: If you want to be featured in "Picture of the Week" (and maybe win some high-quality, sharp-looking headgear of your own), you've gotta send us your photos.

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 Kenneth M. Chapman
Used with permission

Morning over Melbourne

Kenny Chapman of Canby, Oregon steps up with our Recommend Desktop Wallpaper of the Week.

[We received a fair number of balloon pics this week (11 out of 78).]

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Used with permission of Martin Sullivan

RB Air Race

We recently asked "POTW" readers how they feel about PhotoShopped entries to our weekly contest (and got some interesting replies, a handful of which can be seen in this week's AVmail).

Martin Sullivan of Sarnen, Obwald (Switzerland) tackles the issue head-on spectacularly, we might add with this piece of digital craftsmanship that's sure to stir the debate.

(For more, you might want to check out Sullivan Fine Art on the World Wide Web.)

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Used with permission of
Donald A. Lakatosh

A Day at the Park

Donald A. Lakatosh of Knoxville, Tennessee writes:

"My sons and I, William and Robert, were playing catch on a beautiful late November Sunday afternoon when we were drawn to [the] sky to see a venerable Duchess taking off from our local flight school. The park, our favorite, is located at the end of runway 26 at Knoxville Downtown (KDKX). My wife Kara took the picture as if on cue. I soloed at KDKX and this park is a very special place to me."

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copyright Bill Adler
Used with permission

Going Down?

Yikes! Things aren't nearly as dire as they appear in this photo from Bill Adler of Washington, D.C.

"When I saw these two jets flying over Washington, D.C., I knew I had to quick-draw my camera and snap the photo as they approached the V between the houses," writes Bill. "The illusion came out well."

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Used with permission of Mike Pastore

Balloon Sunrise

Mike Pastore of Wheaton, Illinois was another of our balloonographers this week.

(All right, we'll stop making up words. Next week.)

Mike's photo was taken when a morning balloon flight with his wife presented "a perfect opportunity to capture the mood of the moment."

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Used with permission of Ray Mansfield

Sunset Flight

Ray Mansfield of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida waves us out this week with a stunning cabin sunset photo that has to be seen at full-size to be appreciated.

Ray's photo was snapped from the cockpit of an Aero Commander 680 over Florida on Monday evening. Thanks for capturing (and sharing) the scene, Ray!

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.