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 slight dip in the number submissions this week has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. For one thing, we can run a few more of last week's incredible photos in our home page slideshow. (Seriously, we almost had enough from last week to have run a second "POTW" column!)

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Used with permission of J.T. Vink

Yearning to Return

While the quantity may be lower this week, the quality certainly isn't! We can't recall when we've had a tougher time deciding which of our finalists should receive heaping accolades (and a free AVweb baseball cap) but somehow we managed to agree on this incredible shot from J.T. Vink of Terre Haute, Indiana.

J.T.'s shot was taken at KLXV in Leadville, Colorado, ELV 9927 (according to J.T.), which means she was about as close to returning as she could get with her landing gear on the ground.

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copyright Deborah Grigsby Smith
Used with permission

"Yeeee-Haaaww!" IS a Destination

Here's a question for AVweb readers out there: Why do so many Pitts photos end up as desktop wallpaper around "POTW" headquarters? It's not a special affinity for the airplane just that we seem to end up with a lot of great Pitts pictures. (Are they packaging digital cameras with these things?)

Oops we almost forgot to mention that this is Deborah Grigsby Smith of Englewood, Colorado contributing to our desktop wallpaper file!

(If you like watching airplanes take off from Colorado's Everitt Field, keep reading. We've got another below!)

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Used with permission of Doug Gaudette

TwinStarr First Flight

Doug Gaudette of Xenia, Ohio takes "his very first Autogyro ride in a TwinStarr" and hey, that's notorious "POTW" contributor Timothy O'Connor in the pilot's seat!

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copyright Mark Reed
Used with permission

Need to Find a Hangar Quick!

Mark Reed of Seattle, Washington made a "precautionary landing at Valparaiso, Indiana (VPZ)" when thunderstorms and hail threatened his just-completed Glasair Sportsman 2+2. Thankfully, some kind souls lent him the use of a hangar while the storm passed over, so we can safely assume Mark's paint job is as gorgeous today and seen here.

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copyright Barry Biggs
Used with permission

Low Pass

Don't blink or you'll miss this week's closing photo, from Barry Biggs of Englewood, Colorado. (Hey, Barry, do you know Deborah?)

Barry was able to keep this Piper Super Cruiser center-stage by panning (quickly and carefully) along with the pilot. Nice job!

Want more reader-submitted photos?
You'll find bonus images in the "POTW" slideshow on our home page.

Don't forget to send us your own photos!

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 or send us an e-mail.