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.


After a couple weeks of flagging submissions, it seems everyone is making time to send us great photos, despite the hectic schedule brought on by the holidays. Thanks for thinking of us this week but we're a little greedy when it comes to great pics, so we hope you'll remember us next week, too!

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copyright Mark Reed
Used with permission

Bad Landscape for a White Skywagon

Mark Reed of Seattle, Washington claims the top spot this week, with a photo that let's be honest has some shortcomings. Yes, it's hard to find the plane in there but that's the point of Mark's shot! He writes:

[I] shot this from my Glasair Sportsman, of my friends Steven and Allan Reese exploring the Columbia Glacier in Alaska this summer. Thankfully the engine-out landing options were better than the long lens makes it appear, but it was hardly the ideal landscape to be easily seen with a white-and-blue paint job.

Still skeptical of our choice for this week's top spot? Put it to the same test we did: Set it as your desktop wallpaper and see if you can take your eyes off it. It's a lot of white, but one gorgeous photo ... .

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Used with permission of David Lippincott

Kitty Hawk, 99 Years Later

David Lippincott of San Diego, California snapped this during his summer '02 trip to Kitty Hawk. (He too found it a nice touch that he brought his own aircraft the birthplace of flight.)

While we're on the subject, David also submitted a photo of an airplane that's being used as a patio decoration in Taiwan. He'd like to know what it is, and tells us the Smithsonian wasn't able to make a positive ID but maybe you can! View it here, and if you can positively ID it, tell us here. updated with a link to the correct image!

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copyright John Chanthavisay
Used with permission

Lenticular Cloud Over Mt. Rainier

John Chanthavisay of Tacoma, Washington tells us this photo was taken during his son's second ride after receiving his pilot's license last August.

(Yes, that means we've added both John and his son to the list of AVweb readers we are officially jealous of.)

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copyright Wendi Kennedy
Used with permission

Getting into Character

Wendi Kennedy of West Boylston, Massachusetts tells us she "shot this in my living room for my daughter's research project on Amelia Earhart."

If John won't adopt us all and take us flying on Rainier every weekend, Wendi's got the second-place slot. Hope she's got enough of those goggles to go around.

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copyright James E. Carroll
Used with permission

Emma Calls in an Air Strike

James E. Carroll of Black River Falls, Wisconsin took a hint from last week's final photo, only he went a little further than just PhotoShopping out the post on the weather vane.

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Head over there and check 'em out.

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.