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.


Last week, we whined and moaned about our readers being too busy with the new year and the holidays to heap great piles of photography on us but this week, the generosity of AVweb readers struck back with a vengeance, burying us in so many photos we couldn't get them sorted in time for Thursday's issue. Still, we eventually managed to pick our favorites (no easy task), and here they are.

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copyright P. B. Schafer
Used with permission

"Where's the Field?"

P. B. Schafer of Sutherlin, Oregon takes us into "the front cockpit of my friend's Starduster" for a great close-up shot that stole our affections this week. Watch your mailbox, P. B. one of those spiffy AVweb caps you see above will be on its way in the next few days!

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copyright Donald L. Thun
Used with permission

Blue Angels Two-4-One

Donald Thun of Topeka, Kansas caught the Blue Angels at last September's Reno Air Races and couldn't resist submitting this photo with the question, "How many Blue Angels do you see? If you see only three, then look closely at '#31.'"

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copyright Timothy O'Connor
Used with permission

"Here I Am at a Non-Towered Airport, and I'm Still Getting a 'Sign' to Land Long"

Batavia, Ohio's favorite gyro pilot, Timothy O'Connor, gives new meaning to that expression about having God as a co-pilot. In Tim's case, though, it looks like the Almighty may have been working the tower.

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Used with permission of
Archer D. Livengood Jr.

Tiger in 1975

How could there be a pilot out there with a great name like Archer D. Livengood Jr. (of Roanoke, Virginia) who's never submitted to "POTW" before?! Bad enough you guys are living it up in your fancy airplanes, goofing off every Saturday, traveling to exotic locations, and constantly sending us pictures to prove that you're living the dream now one of you is even crowing about it in his surname!

In all seriousness, Archer did ask a question that comes up a lot: "Could you put captions on all your photos telling what kind of aircraft it is?" We'd certainly love to, but the honest answer is that we often can't tell. Some of our best photos are ones taken from an unusual angle or depicting an aircraft we've never had an personal experience with and the detective work required to ID some of them would be too crippling to get a dozen or two photos prepped and ready for "POTW" every Thursday morning. With that in mind, we (once again) throw ourselves on the mercy of photo contributors and ask you to make any non-obvious IDs in the comments field when you submit photos.

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Used with permission of C. Larry Tatsch

Snow-Clad NYC from 7,500 Feet

Brr! C. Larry Tatsch of Ringoes, New Jersey flies us out this week with a timely shot of New York City from above just before Christmas. (Larry says he snapped this from his '77 Tiger; maybe we should make introductions between him and Archer, eh?)

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Used with permission of H. Leon Winter

Southern Cross Revisited

We realize we ran a bit late with the photos this week, so how about a bonus picture? Well, after a fashion ... .

H. Leon Winter of Waxhaw, North Carolina called us to task for missing a key element of Barry Hudson's photo a couple of weeks back:

I think you ... missed the photographer's point. If you look above the rotor, you will see the Southern Cross. The way the picture is framed, I believe he meant for you to notice it. ... [I]t looks like a tilted, upside-down kite, [which] can also appear upright depending on the time of year. The picture I send [seen here] is a poor quality crop of the original. Have a great new year!
Leon (member of WBT-JAARS)

Now there's a good excuse to go check out the original photo again, don't you think?

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. It's a good crop this week, so do give that link a click, O.K.?

And click here to submit your own photos to "POTW." (That's how we get the new ones!)

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.