Picture of the Week: AVweb's Flying Photography Showcase

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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."


Aw, we knew it was too good to be true. After a month or so of living the high life (visually-speaking), we're starting to see a dip in "Picture of the Week" submissions. With Sun 'n Fun barely two weeks away, we can only guess that the shutterbugs among you are cleaning your lenses and making hotel reservations. (That's what we're doing.) But, thanks to the generous spirit of this week's 70-some-odd submitters, we don't have to spend the next two weeks in an artistic drought. On with the pictures !

Let's get those numbers back up! Share your favorite aviation photos with us by submitting them here. We'll examine them carefully and (after much scientific scrutiny) run the best of the bunch right here on AVweb.

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copyright Aerochutes SW
Used with permission of Steve E. Rambo

Early Morning Preflight

Ready for a fresh desktop wallpaper image? Try this one, courtesy of Aerochutes SW's Steve Rambo in Chehalis, Washington. This stark image was hard to resist, and we can only hope an AVweb hat will look as good on Steve as his image does on our monitors.

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Used with permission of Charles Mueller

Happy Pilot

Charles Mueller of Chico, California is the titular pilot in this photo and who wouldn't be happy, flying a 1928 GL over the Sacramento Valley on a sunny summer day?

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Used with permission of Dale Schneider

New Zealand Helicopter Travel

Dale Schneider (and wife Kathy) of Durham, North Carolina offered to send us a version of this photo without them in it. Don't worry, guys that may be a pretty whirlybird, but we can still peek around you (and it) to appreciate the gorgeous New Zealand coastline.

We've spoken with several New Zealanders this week, further cementing our conviction that we have got to get down there sometime!

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copyright Dean Heald
Used with permission

Dusty Takeoff for Barney

Dean Heald of El Segundo, California had us coughing up dirt in the wake of this C-17 Globemaster's take-off. "I don't think that it will be invited back next year," writes Dean.

That may be the case but you, Mr. Heald, are always welcome here at "POTW." Great photo!

Like what you see? You can find more bonus pictures in the "POTW" slideshow on our home page.

To enter next week's contest, click 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. ;)

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.