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.


Barely two weeks to go until AirVenture, and the stream of reader-submitted photos in our "Picture of the Week" contest has slowed to a trickle. Fortunately for us, the lighter number of submissions doesn't seem to have any effect on quality. With only 60 photos in this week's contest, we still had a hard time picking five to showcase here.

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Used with permission of W. Ross Tracey

Blue Angel Sneak Pass

What better way to celebrate the air show month of July than a whooshing, action-packed low fly-over by the Blue Angels, courtesy of W. Ross Tracey of Niantic, Connecticut?

Ross writes, "This picture was taken during a pre-show-day Blue Angels rehearsal. A thunderstorm had just passed through, leaving a lot of moisture on the ground and in the air. One of the Blue Angels solos flew down the runway, just subsonic, trying to surprise the crowd. I caught this picture of the aircraft and surrounding pressure wave, which was also pulling water off the wet runway."

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copyright Frank Richardson
Used with permission

Helishi Taxi

Frank Richardson of Birmingham, Alabama serves up one of the coolest (er, no pun intended) chopper photos we've seen in our inbox lately. Frank describes the trip as an "awesome experience," and we won't call him out on the assessment it definitely produced an awesome photo.

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Used with permission of Gary L. Jones

Exotic Homebuilt

No, it isn't a UFO.

Well, technically it was to us, since we didn't know what the heck it was but according to Gary L. Jones of Clovis, New Mexico, this is an "electric-powered model airplane with elevons, rudder, and throttle control."

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Let the Show Begin

Here's a little treat for our stateside readers (and U.S. citizens abroad) who didn't get a fireworks display on the Fourth from "POTW" regular Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

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Used with permission of John Rees

Waco Reunion

John Rees of Blacklick, Ohio wraps up this week's "POTW" with a panorama from the recent Waco Reunion at Wyncoop Airport in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. Naturally, you'll only begin to get a sense of the scope here if you check out the full-size version.

Remember: You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's 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.