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.


Thanks for bearing with us this week as we dug out from under a busy Thursday. The upshot is that we have two batches of reader photos to look forward to during the coming week!

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Used with permission of Doug Bryan

EZ Sunset

Not exactly what you'd expect from a wedding photo, but Doug Bryan of Dallas, Texas tells us he snapped this week's winning shot "outside the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas right after [his] wedding ceremony." Then again, it doesn't sound like a typical wedding: Doug tells us he "had a full day of giving rides to friends, then got married that evening."

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copyright Eric Cobb
Used with permission

What Is It?

That's the question put to AVweb readers by Eric Cobb of Santa Ynez, California, who sent us a couple of different pics of helicopter first responders in training this week. If you'd like to take a stab at it, e-mail us here.

Within two days, we had over 150 responses, most of them identifying the dragonfly-looking aircraft as a Kaman K-Max. Normally we'd give credit to the first few spotters, but since over 200 of you nailed it, we'll limit our shout-out to AVweb reader Nelson Tirado of Spain, who made the call and sent us that link before we'd even filed away last week's winners.

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Used with permission of Karrie Shank

Portrait of the Pilot in the Wing Mirror

"A friend, Rod Hightower, was nice enough to take me for my first open-cockpit flight in his recently restored low-time (only 3,800 TT) Stearman," writes Karrie Shank of Warrensburg, Missouri. (That's Rod in the wing-mounted mirror, folks!)

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Used with permission of Grant McHerron

Right Place, Right Time

After a hard day of "crewing hot air balloons in the Yarra Valley," Grant McHerron of East Bentleigh, Victoria (Australia) tells us he found himself "in the right place at the right time."

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copyright Bill Sandifer
Used with permission

New Pitts, Perfect Afternoon

Eric Sandifer of Apex, North Carolina sent us this incredible shot from Bill Sandifer, and we're using it to sign off from this week's edition of "POTW."

Don't forget: There are more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Check 'em out if you haven't already.

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.