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." Want to see your photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


The volume of "POTW" submissions that arrive in our box each week continues to fluctuate as the weather warms up here in the U.S. but, by happy coincidence, every time the number of photos drops off, the quality goes through the roof. This week was no exception, with only 54 photos finding their way to us. Thankfully, there's no shortage of oohs and ahs in this week's batch, starting with a fantastic (if unsettling) weather photo from Philip Clifton of Raleigh, North Carolina. (Do yourself a favor and click through to view Philip's photo full-size there was just too much majesty to fit into our tiny little "winner" box here.)

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Used with permission of Philip Andrew Clifton

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Used with permission of Henry Morgan

Nature Still Holds Air Superiority

Philip Clifton of Raleigh, North Carolina took our breath away with this reminder that yes, we are small and fragile in the face of the weather. As you may have guessed, lots of pilots were grounded this Friday evening, but, Philip writes, "as a consolation, I had the opportunity to capture some fine aircraft with lightning in the background."

And because we can never pass up an opportunity to point out similar themes, check out the photo to the right, taken by Henry Morgan of Ranger, Texas on a stormy night over Abilene's ABI.

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copyright Jay Honeck
Used with permission


Jay Honeck of Iowa City, Iowa woke up to the sounds of an interesting formation at this year's Sun' n Fun. "As you can see, these crazy guys were doing quite a formation with a DC-3? at, what, 60' AGL? It really woke us up!"

Hey, we know that DC-3 it's the Herpa plan from Incredible Adventures, who were kind enough to give us a ride during the show!

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copyright U.S. Air Force/NASA
Used with permission of World Space Expo

USAF Thunderbirds Over NASA

The fabulous Thunderbirds fly over Kennedy Space Center as part of the preparation for NASA's World Space Expo in November. According to WSE's Ian Murphy, this is the Thunderbirds first Kennedy fly-over in 31 years.

Photo by U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Justin D. Pyle.

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Used with permission of John Sperling

Sunset at 7G8

Tim Connor of Kirtland, Ohio flies us out this week, in one of the most amazing landscape photos we've received in years.

Do you enjoy spotting the themes as much as we do? "This was taken at sunset just after a good thunderstorm passed through the area," according to Tim.

Hankering for more pictures? Point your favorite web browser at AVweb's home page and you'll see lots more photos that we just couldn't fit in here!

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.