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.


Summer had officially drawn to a close in the Northern Hemisphere, but we can still cast our mind's eye backward and relive the airplanes, people and locales we encountered this past season. Join us (and a dozen AVweb readers) as we celebrate the last batch of "POTW" we received this summer.

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Used with permission of Brent Blue

Sunset Over Antique Aircraft at Blakesburg (IA) Fly-In

Long-time readers already know that we choose our "POTW" winners from a blind pool, then we peek at the names of submitters to make sure we're not giving the same yahoo five spaces in this week's installment. It's always a nice surprise we unveil the names to find one we recognize and this week, it's the name of scholar, outdoorsman, and occasional AVweb commentator Brent Blue, of Jackson, Wyoming!

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Used with permission of Diana Richards

Calm Before the Storm

It's true Diana Richards of Jasper, Missouri actually calls this pastoral paradise her back yard! (Well, to be fair, she refers to it as "our barnyard" in her comments "just before the storms rolled in.")

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copyright Chris Andrews
Used with permission

"Golden Eyes" Ready for Take-Off

Chris Andrews of Prevessin (France) brings us a shot of the French I ballooning team preparing for the Gordon Bennett Cup air race. The preparations worked out well, with France eventually sailing to the win at this year's event in Geneva.

(Yes, we will cop to it: Chris was compelled to submit this awesome pic after we initially married a photo of hot air balloons to our coverage of the Cup. So remember: If you spot a blip in our otherwise-flawless coverage, the best course of action is to send us an e-mail and submit a photo to "POTW"!)

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copyright Gilbert Benzonana
Used with permission

Mars Attack

Speaking of Geneva, Gilbert Benzonana of Grand-Lancy had us scratching our heads throughout the selection process tonight trying to figure out what on Earth we were looking at here! As it turns out, this is an RC aircraft not some new prototype or (as you may foolishly hope at first glance) a pick-up suspended between four helicopters ... .

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copyright Don Parsons
Used with permission

Sunset on the Autogyro

Don Parsons of St. Peters, Missouri chips in a photo of a slightly less mysterious rotorcraft for our sign-off Andrew King taking a turn at the controls of Jack Tiffany and Jim Hammond's Pitcairn Autogyro, on his way to the Midwest Antique Airplane Club's Brodhead (Wis.) fly-in.

Want more? You'll find bonus pics from your fellow AVwebbers in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. (Scroll down the page about 2/3 of the way.)

Don't forget to 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.