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.


Spring is just around the corner!

Do you know how we can tell? It has nothing to do with Punxsutawney Phil, blooming plants, or cool updates from the team organizing Sun 'n Fun. Nope it's the uptick in "Picture of the Week" submissions that always heralds the thaw for us. And this week's crop is promising indeed, so let's dive in. (Those with a ravenous appetite for reader-submitted photos should look for even more of 'em in the slideshow on AVweb's home page.)

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Used with permission of Robert Hurd

On Final at Sebring in a Drifter

Last week, we mentioned that we get a lot of approach shots here at "POTW" central but that very few seem to make it into the top spot.  Perhaps taking this as a challenge, Robert Hurd of Largo, Florida sent in this gem, taken with his "hand held [at] arm's length ... from the back seat."

Point taken, Robert.  Your hat is on its way, and we're already bracing ourselves for the rush of approach photos that will surely batter us down in the days to come ... .


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copyright Christian Hauser
Used with permission

Pulling Tightly ...

Sometimes it's  stiff competition for that top spot, and this Osprey photo from Christian Hauser of Grossenzersdorf, Austria has left us second-guessing our normally impeccable judgement all afternoon.  At the end of the day, we had to award this week's coveted AVweb ball cap to someone else, but we promise to make this one on our desktop wallpaper and moon over it for a couple of days.  (Just look at those shadows!)


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Used with permission of John Hyle

"That Was Cool!"

"That's my youngest running from his first open-cockpit flight to tell me how cool it was," writes John Hyle of Peachtree City, Georgia.  "It was Chris Polhemus's Stearman (there in the background).  I used to wipe the oil off that airplane about 28 years ago."

Come on, folks tell us the golden sun flickering across the grass as John passes the dream of flight on to his son doesn't give you a warm, summery feeling.  Ignore the snow and slush; summertime's almost here!


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copyright Sean Cannon
Used with permission

Slip and Slide

Sean Cannon of Monte Vista, Colorado seems to have had an, um, interesting landing "in the Ecuadorian community of Acado."


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copyright Brian Emch/Wings of Fury
Used with permission

B-2s Prepare for Red Flag Mission

Semi-regular contributor Brian Emch of Lancaster, California gets to hang around some pretty cool planes.  Here, he snaps a pair of stealth bombers gearing up for take-off at Nellis Air Force Base.


There's More!
You can find even more reader-submitted images in the "POTW" slideshow on our home page.

(Get a piece of the action, kids send us some of 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.