Picture of the Week

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."

Want to see your photos featured? Submit them here!

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)



We were all set to go on and on about the weather and how many weather-related submissions we received this week. Ominous clouds and rain-drenched runways were all set to be the theme of this week's "POTW" slideshow on the AVweb home page but then we realized that we hadn't looked at the latest batch of submissions that came in yesterday and today (Tuesday and Wednesday for those of you reading this in the future). Lo and behold, after looking at the last-minute surge of submissions, we've lost our theme. There are still a few bad weather pics in the mix, but it looks like the skies cleared up for our submitters in the last 48 hours.

So much for theme-hunting. Um, how about we just say that this week's theme is, ah good pictures? Yeah, that's it pictures we liked!

Remember: Once you've enjoyed the pictures here and on our home page, we'd love to see yours! Click here to submit. (Bad weather and good weather alike are always welcomed!)

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Used with permission of Nicholas A. Ruemker

G.A. Sunset

It's always a pleasant surprise when we discover a "POTW" submitter who says something the rest of us have been thinking. In this case, it's Nicholas Ruemker of Colorado, who writes:

This is 3sq at sunset from earlier this summer. I like it because the atmosphere brings me back to the roots of aviation, away from thinking about fighter jets, mid-air refueling, and USAF missions.

Nicholas may have been talking about his own USAF duties, but many readers have noticed a decidedly military turn in "POTW" submissions over the last few weeks, and have been asking what happened to all the Cessna 172s, the first flights, and the small airports. (Honestly, we've just been inundated with jet pictures of late.)

Thanks for reminding us of the airport sunsets that are familiar to every pilot, Nicholas. For sending in a shot that's sure to resonate with everyone from fighter pilots to ultralight builders, we're naming this our "Picture of the Week." Watch your mailbox for that spiffy new AVweb hat we'll be sending your way!

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Used with permission of Michael Mahoney

Business End of 'Aluminum Overcast'

At the other end of the spectrum, here's a bird not everyone gets to fly Aluminum Overcast.

Michael Mahoney of Redmond, Washington serves up this photo of the Overcast's most familiar feature. There's something about her that seems to draw camera hounds out of the woodwork and even after all this time looking at reader-submitted pictures of the EAA's flagship B-17, we never seem to get tired of her.

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photo by Mauricio Aravalo
Used with permission of George Logue

Punching Holes in the Sky

Those cloudy, weather-filled shots we mentioned above? This one, taken by Mauricio Arevalo and sent to us by George Logue of Hurst, Texas, might be the coolest to arrive in our submission box this week.

Taken just west of Dallas-Fort Worth, the holes you see here "were created by departing airliners on climbout, penetrating a thin and very stable cirrus layer. The 'derrick' is actually a drilling rig on a construction site."

As always, you'll find more photos in the POTW slideshow at AVweb.com. Head over there and check 'em out!

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.