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.


A quick look at our calendar confirms that air show season is in full swing! With EAA AirVenture only a month away, we're starting to get photos from regional fly-ins and exhibitions all over the country. Keeping that in mind, we couldn't resist John Gardner's 2-year-old son Brady comparing the scale on a Blue Angel memento to the real thing. Congrats, John we'll be sending you and Brady a set of matching AVweb caps. (They're adjustable to fit any size head!)

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copyright John Gardner
Used with permission

Age 2.5, Mach 2.5

John Gardner of McLoud, Oklahoma took this week's winning photo last weekend at Tinker Air Force Base. "This is my 2-and-a-half-year-old son Brady," writes John. "In his mind, he was right up there with the pilot in the cockpit. I wish the photo could capture the sound effects he was making."

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Used with permission of Jeff A. Randall

Midnight Lights

Here's one for the controllers in our audience, courtesy of Texan Jeff Randall. An unidentified controller at Abilene ATC watches over the runway mid-shift in this great photo that very nearly made Jeff a two-time "POTW" winner.

Curiously enough, there were several ATC pics in our submission box this week. (You'll find a couple of others in today's new home page slideshow.)

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copyright Mark Smith
Used with permission

High-Flyin' Hornet

Mark Smith of Werribee, Victoria (Australia) gets this week's "most breath-taking" award. He snapped this Royal Australian Air Force FA-18 from the back of a C-130.

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Used with permission of Bruce Hansen

Coffee Flying

Bruce Hansen of Ukarumpa in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea tells us, "This is a typical day at Owena, a 13%-sloped strip in the Highlands ... . Coffee is bound for the world market."

If there's one thing the "POTW" Office enjoys as much as a good airplane photo, it's a great cup of joe. Thanks for giving us a bit more appreciation for the trip, Bruce !

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Used with permission of Colby Morgan

Godspeed, STS-117

Colby Morgan of Greenwood, Arkansas was one of several readers who caught the Space Shuttle Atlantis's lift-off and sent us photos. After all the time, the space shuttle never fails to excite us.

(Colby's shot was taken from Veteran's Park in Titusville, Florida.)

Want more? By the time you read this, we'll have freshened up the online "POTW" gallery on AVweb's home page with a dozen or so bonus pictures that don't appear here. Go! Check 'em 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.