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.


Once again, we had a fair-to-middling number of submissions for our weekly reader photo contest but again, the quality of submissions made it tough to pick a winner. We'll remind you again that while the five photos here are great, you really should do yourself a favor and head over to our home page and check out the bonus pics in our slideshow (after you're done here, of course).

From the "old business" file:

We got quite a bit of mail about last week's photo of the "Wassercapi Memorial to Fallen Airmen." We weren't familiar with the monument, but (like many of you) we were immediately captivated by its design and stark surroundings. AVweb reader (and frequent "POTW" contributor) Gary Dikkers was the first to put us on the trail of more information, telling us that "Wassercapi" is a variant spelling and the mountain plateau to which it refers is more commonly spelled "Wasserkupe." Armed with Gary's info (and Wikipedia link), we were able to find quite a few German-language pages about the memorial, also known as the Fliegerdenkmal at Wasserkupe. For those who want to know more, here's the German Wikipedia page (and Google's English translation). And, courtesy of Gary again, a photo of the memorial's dedication in 1923.

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copyright Trey Carroll
Used with permission

"Check Six, Dad!"

Yes, it's impressive at this size but you really need to click through and see this shot from Trey Carroll of Knightstown, Indiana in all its un-cropped glory. What's that word we like to use for photos like these? Oh, yeah: "Breathtaking."

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copyright Don Parsons
Used with permission

A Little Help Washing the Plane

Don Parsons of St. Peters, Missouri had "a sunny Saturday at hand [and] enlisted the help of two young co-pilots to give the Fairchild her spring bath." According to Don, "Lindsay was the tail, and Skyler helped me do the top of the wings."

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copyright Neil Petik
Used with permission of Lyle Petik

Mustang Rides Before the Show

Lyle Petik of of Wichita, Kansas submitted this on behalf of Neil Petik, who snapped it on "the evening before an air show at Wahpeton, North Dakota."

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Used with permission of Thomas Auerbach

Starduster Too Too

Thomas Auerbach of Ponca City, Oklahoma knows how to tickle our funnybone. "This Starduster Too SA300 duo was photographed at Independence, Kansas ... [and] is registered to Jim Maritt," he writes. "I am not too sure about one of the 'kills' depicted on the fuselage look closely."

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Used with permission of Mike Bloore

Michelob Mustang

We see Mike Bloore of Sparta, Georgia has been putting his free time to good use 50 hours of it, according to his comments, invested in aluminum cans, epoxy, and contact cement.

(We're not sure if Mike used any of their templates, but if you're determined to try this at home and don't know where to start be sure to visit our friends at B.C. Air.)

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Don't miss 'em!

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.