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.


All good things come to an end eventually, and this week we saw the number of submissions to our weekly "POTW" contest finally recede to normal levels for the first time since AirVenture. Yes, yes, we know we were making that awwwww sound, too but wipe that frown off your face, and let's enjoy the terrific photos we do have to share! (And if this isn't enough to satisfy your appetite for reader-submitted photos, you can always send us a few of your own to level the playing field.)

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copyright Ian Astles
Used with permission

Low Level

Don't blink, or you're liable to miss this superfast fly-by, courtesy of Ian Astles from Knaphill, Surrey (England).

(We told you not to blink! But O.K., we'll wait while you go back and look ... .)


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Used with permission of Duane Jones

Goodbye, Dad ... I Love You

Going through reader-submitted photos every week, we see some pretty amazing sights and not all of them involve expensive military jets or incredible aerobatic maneuvers. Sometimes the most memorable photos are those with the best stories, like this one from Duane Jones of New Carlisle, Ohio:

My father passed away on August 22, 2008 due to an accident. This is tribute given to him by the members of our airport. ... He was a great man and greatly dedicated to aviation. The airplane is his 1946 Aeronca Chief, which he flew hundreds of hours in.

Thanks for sharing the photo with us, Duane. All of us at "POTW" headquarters were honored that you thought to share this memorial with us and wish you (and your family) all the best. If only we could all be remembered this well.


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Used with permission of Gerald Nagel

"The Largest Porcelain Dolls I Have Ever Seen"

Yes, you read that correctly: Those are porcelain dolls. We don't know the full story, but we thought the contrast was incredible in this photo from Gerald Nagel of Bracken Gardens, Gauteng (South Africa).

(And if there's anything our audience can appreciate, it's solid workmanship!)


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Used with permission of Timothy O'Connor

"I'll Bet This Generated Some UFO Reports!"

Timothy O'Connor of Batavia, Ohio serves up a little Labor Day festivity in this photo of "a WWII trainer launching fireworks [yes, fireworks!] off the tips of its wings at the Red Stewart Tail-Dragger Fly-In and Air Show."


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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

Labor Day Treat

Did we mention that Monday was a holiday here in the States? How about the fact that many of us spent the afternoon goofing off an watching fireworks?

No? We'll let Hot Springs, Arkansas's Daniel Valovich fill you in on the details ... .


As always, you can find bonus pics online at AVweb's home page just look for the "POTW"slideshow in the center column!

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

(No, seriously click and send 'em, folks!)

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.