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.


We love spotting trends and patterns among the photos that make their way into our "Picture of the Week" contest. This week, we're serving up a large helping of Young Eagles photos and not all of them feature fresh-faced youngsters taking their first flights. (Scratch that. Now that we think about it, they all do feature fresh-faced youngsters taking first flights!) We'll kick off the festivities with one of the few non-Young Eagles photos we received this week, from the incredible Brian Emch.

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copyright Brian Emch
Used with permission

F-15E Strike Eagle Over Chino

Like last week's winner, Brian Emch of Lancaster, California is a regular contributor to "POTW" who's finally made it to the top of the pile. We'll be sending Brian a hard-earned AVweb baseball cap in the next couple of days then he can get back to work taking heart-stopping action photos like this one.

This particular shot, Brian tells us, came from the recent Chino Planes of Fame air show.

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Used with permission of Charles Foster

Harrison Ford Taking a Ride

Speaking of jets, Charles Foster of Bonham, Texas served up this candid shot of Young Eagles chairman Harrison Ford strapping in for "the ride of his life in this Blue Angel F-18." Charles tells us Ford "looked a little shaky when he returned" but who can blame him?

The real question, of course, is How do we rate a ride-along with the Blue Angels? We might even be willing to part with an AVweb hat, if that sweetens the pot for anyone ... .

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Used with permission of Rene Covelli

Young Eagles

Rene Covelli of Cherry Hill, New Jersey brings us a whole different take on this week's Young Eagles theme. (Click through to the full-sized version if you can't make out the fresh-faced youngsters here.)

According to Rene, "they flew away the next day," so we guess their first flight did indeed get them hooked on aviation.

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copyright Norm Schultze
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Fleet on the Grass

Norm Schultze of San Antonio, Texas writes, "The Fleet, the grass, and the sign [at Old Kingsbury Aerodrome] combined for a real Golden Age moment." We couldn't agree more, and we're glad Norm has his camera handy.

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Used with permission of Craig Muth

Mk 26 Spitfire at Dusk

Craig Muth of Mulberry, Florida flies us home this week, with a photo of "my friend Allen's Mk 26 Spitfire, ready for another sortie in Queensland."

No Young Eagles in this one, but there are more to be found in our "POTW" slideshow this morning! If you want more, click through to the AVweb home page and check it out.

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.