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.


This edition of "Picture of the Week" hits the streets on Christmas morning, and we've stacked the deck accordingly with holiday photos from our readers. Before unwrapping today's presents, we want to take a moment to thank each and every reader who made time to send us a photo this year. By now you know how much we enjoy them, and we look forward to seeing even more from you in the coming year.

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copyright Brian Emch
Used with permission

Snow-Covered Nighthawk

Brian Emch of Lancaster, California transports us to a winter wonderland with this sight you don't see every day an F-117 "at Palmdale's Blackbird Air Park."

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Used with permission of Martin Heller

Santa's Alternate Air Field in Virginia

Martin Heller of Springfield, Virginia doesn't decorate for the neighbors so much as he decorates for Santa Claus. Click through to the large version and keep your eye peeled for "the shrunken Santa head VASIs, the dual windsocks for wind shear, [a] sign for free reindeer chow, and (new for 2008) the outhouse."

(What no ATC, Martin?)

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Used with permission of George Kovacevic

California Christmas

Yeah, we all knew he couldn't do the whole thing in just a sleigh, George Kovacevic of Jamul, California confirms it. (Never would've pegged him for a "Thumper," though.)

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copyright John Rippinger
Used with permission

Santa's Helpers

John Rippinger of Schaumburg, Illinois is joined by his family to wish everyone reading "POTW" a happy holiday. (Thanks for all the pics this year, John!)

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copyright Daniel Valovich
Used with permission

B-17 FX

Join us in raising a glass of egg nog to toast Daniel Valovich of Hot Springs, Arkansas one of our most prolific submitters, and someone who definitely knows his way around an airplane photo.

You'll find more festive photos from our readers in the slideshow on AVweb's home page and here's one more, sent to us by Clarke Reid of Barrie, Ontario (Canada). Clarke tells us the image was circulating as a U.S. Air Force holiday card, and you may enjoy it, too.

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.