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.


Another week with a great assortment of photos, so let's get straight to the staring and not waste any time gabbing.

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copyright Don Thun
Used with permission

Canadian Skyhawks Tri-by-Side

We were a little reluctant to run a second air show opener photo hot on the heels of last week's winner, but after seeing this entry from Don Thun of Topeka, Kansas, we could resist. Besides, we don't get to see the Skyhawks in action nearly enough around here.


(That's your cue to flood us with Skyhawks pics.)

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Used with permission of Alan Lochner

Weapons Testing at White Sands

We're going to break e-mail confidence with Alan Lochner of Cloudcroft, New Mexico just a bit to tell you our favorite thing about this photo. Before MSgt. Lochner (USAF ret.) dropped any photos in our submission bucket, he wrote to ask if we thought anyone would be interested in old military photos, as he had some from his days as an aerial photographer. Naturally, we told him to knock himself out and send us whatever he wanted, figuring that we would at least get a kick out of them. As we were going through the submission box this week, we can across this breath-taking shot and wondered where it came from; when we finished picking the winners and went back to the database report for submitters' names, we were delighted to see this is one of the photos MSgt. Lochner thought we might like to see.

Just another day in the office for an aerial photographer, we suppose but it made our Wednesday afternoon.

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Used with permission of Diana Richards

Party Balloon

You know how we're always putting on the pity hat and talking about how much more fun our readers seem to have than we do? We get called to task on that from time to time, but here's our latest piece of evidence:

Diana Richards of Jasper, Missouri writes:

A good friend, Bill Lynch, brought his hot air balloon Sizzler to my birthday party at our farm. He gave rides in his balloon while several of us gave rides in our different airplanes. It was the perfect party balloon on a perfect day to fly in and out of the corn with our friends and family.

Apparently Jasper, Missouri is some kind of GA heaven.

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Used with permission of Peter Zabriskie

"Can You Hear Me Now?"

Peter Zabriskie of Bloomington, Indiana stuck close the runway for the EAA Chapter 650 Fly-In a couple of summers ago and collected some impressive take-off shots. This one features the B-24 Witchcraft.

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Used with permission of Danny Linkous

Moth in the Mist

Danny Linkous of Mooresville, North Carolina caps off this week's installment of reader-submitted photos. Danny tells us he hadn't intended to shoot photos when he brought the Tiger Moth out of its hangar that morning, but the fog was a little thicker than he expected, so he decided to keep himself busy while waiting for the morning sun to burn it off.

Look for more photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page Thursday morning.

You can click here to submit your own photos to "POTW." We'd love to see 'em!

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.