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.


With the kids out of school and summer storms buffeting "POTW" HQ, we're finally getting used to it being summer. In between the golf, the short pants, and the ever-growing anticipation for our trip to Oshkosh, we can still find time to rifle through each week's bevy of reader-submitted photos and pick out our favorites so keep 'em coming, O.K.?

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copyright Brook Heyel
Used with permission

Airmarking Fly-By

Brook Heyel of Apex, North Carolina steals our breath (and the top spot in this week's feature) with an understated but beautifully composed shot snapped "during the Kitty Hawk 99s' Airmarking in Elizabethtown."


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copyright Gavin Conroy
Used with permission

Over the Moon

... and oh-so-close to being this week's top photo!

This shot from Gavin Conroy of Blenheim, Marlborough (New Zealand) is currently the desktop wallpaper on our photo-editing computer. "One shot I am very happy to have taken," writes Gavin, who "always keep[s] a camera in my car."


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copyright Donald Reid
Used with permission

First Air Show

Donald Reid of Bumpass, Virginia has been on our minds a lot lately mainly because he always responds to our pleas for more photos with some really keen images that we don't always get a chance to share. Here, it seems the ever-prolific Mr. Reid was aiming for one shot when a different opportunity cropped up: "He had just waved to Carol Pilon, the wing-walker (in the background) and then saw something special that caused this magical moment."


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Used with permission of Bill Ritchie

Douglas Field (Future ORD), 1943

We were beginning to wonder what happened to all the great black-and-white "back in the day" photos we used to find in our inbox!

Thankfully, a handful of readers like Bill Ritchie of Mt. Prospect, Illinois have started sending us aerial pics of highly-recognizable airports when they were a bit less (shall we say) massive. Bill served up this photo (discovered at Bensenville Public Library)of the C54 runway built by Douglas in 1943 that eventually became O'Hare Airport in the '50s.


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copyright Buck Wyndham
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Stearman 4D "Junior Speedmail" Basks in the Twilight

Buck Wyndham of Poplar Grove, Illinois flies us home this week with an absolutely incredible sunset he captured during the American Barnstormers Tour last summer.


But Wait There's More!
Check out the "POTW" slideshow on AVweb's home page for bonus photos!

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW."

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.