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.


We were a bit worried that delaying last week's installment of "POTW" to Monday would leave us with a thin selection this week — but we should've known better. AVweb weren't discouraged by the delay, and we've got a great assortment of photos to share with you this week.

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Used with permission of Sam Brown

Vietnam Combat Choppers

Sam Brown of Panama City, Florida takes the top spot with a photo straight out of the "Is-That-What-I-Think-I'm-Seeing?" file. According to Sam, these two Hueys (spaced with separator bars) were being evacuated for maintenance "at Chu Lai, sometime around the 1968 Tet."

While the photo is a little worn, we were immediately struck with the odd nature of the operation — and Sam's comment: "This was an experimental rig. (It worked!)"

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Used with permission of Kevin Bradford

The Sun Shines in the Cockpit As It Sets Behind Us

Kevin Bradford of Dubuque, Iowa puts natural light and a good angle to great use in his Piper Navajo. (This one makes a great desktop wallpaper, but be careful — we've already lost track of a couple of icons amongst all those gauges.)

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Used with permission of Chris Loemker

Short Final at KGRE

You know what we haven't seen much of in recent months? Great black-and-white submissions. Chris Loemker of Collinsville, Illinois to the rescue!

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copyright © Martin Robinson
Used with permission

'50s Dawn in Devon

Martin Robinson of Dolton, Devon (U.K.) served up this incredible pairing from a local fly-in. Thanks to Martin for identifying both the 1954 Auster ("prototype AOP9") and Jaguar C.

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copyright © Contributor #5
Used with permission

Sunrise at Compass Hill

Lindy Kirkland of Fredericksburg, Virginia braved the morning cold (-8 Fahrenheit!) to snap this shot ahead of a flight as part of an EAA Chapter Leader Academy.

We'd like to give you a little longer to see the photos we put up in our home page slideshow over the weekend, sooo —we're leaving the current slideshow photos up until Friday morning. If you missed Monday's bonus photos, do yourself a favor and head over to AVweb's home page after you're finished here. Then come back at lunchtime on Friday for even more bonus pics that couldn't fit into this issue.

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.