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.


Push the office door shut, turn off the overhead light, put the cell phone on vibrate, or do whatever it is you do to make sure nothing interrupts you for two or three minutes: The latest installment of "Picture of the Week" is cleared for take-off!

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copyright Leonard R. Duncil
Used with permission

"TiCo Belle" Back in the Air

Leonard Duncil of Titusville, Florida treats us to a jaw-dropping sight in this week's top photo the C-47 TiCo Belle retaking the skies "after a long rebuild, in time for the July 4 celebration."

(Want to see more pics and read up on the "Belle" like we did? Check out this page at the Valiant Air Command (VAC) Warbird Museum web site.)

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Used with permission of Grant McHerron

Ballooning in Yarra Valley

Grant McHerron of East Bentleigh, Victoria (Australia) was on the ground crew for this commercial balloon "and supposed to be going up to the proposed landing site ... when I saw this view and had to take the shot."

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Used with permission of Steve Rider

Glen and Gaylon Starting

We can't get enough of classic planes that have been restored to flying condition. Thankfully there are plenty of AVweb readers like Steve Rider (of Fishers, Indiana) out there working on great restoration projects. Steve tells us it took "two years of hard work" from American Military Heritage Foundation volunteers to get the left engine running on Hot Stuff (a PV-2 Harpoon).

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Used with permission of
Christopher Zavatson

Fire-Fighting Demonstration

This photo from Christopher Zavatson of Woodland, California has suffered a little bit of digital damage, but we think you'll agree it's still a show-stopper.

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copyright Stephen John Runnalls
Used with permission

Tigers Over the Harbour Ridge

Steve Runnalls of the beautifully named Narellan Vale, New South Wales (Australia) returns with a shot taken during a low-level New Year's Eve fly-by. (Steve tells us they worked with Sydney ATC to get special permission for the flight.)

(Psst Steve also submitted another really cool cockpit view that we'll be slipping into this week's slideshow, so be sure to watch for it on AVweb's home page.)

It was a bumper crop of submissions this week, so we may not have the slideshow updated on AVweb's home page by the time you read this. Not to worry we're loading it up with more than two dozen rockin' photos from AVweb readers, so check back later in the day if it hasn't been updated yet. (The silver lining is that you've got a few more hours to look at last week's bonus pics and save any you want to keep to your hard drive.)

Join in the fun! 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.