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.


We don't usually pay much attention to the timestamps on "POTW" submissions. This week, however, we couldn't help noticing that most of your submissions came at the tail end of contest (Tuesday and Wednesday) rather than earlier in the week. Not that we're complaining: The last ten or twelve photos in this batch were jaw-dropping as you're about to see.

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Used with permission of Andrew Wall

Frozen Falcon

Ice, sleet, snow, and more ice have been standard issue for the last couple of weeks across most of the U.S. and in our "POTW" submission box. Andrew Wall of Ankeny, Iowa asks, "Will this winter weather ever end? These F-16s have been waiting for a chance to fly for a long time and certainly won't be doing it today."

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copyright Bruce Van Beek
Used with permission

Piper PA36-300 Brave Over the Heartland

Iowans dominate "POTW" this week, with Sioux Center's Bruce Van Beek contributing a breath-taking image that needs to be your desktop wallpaper.

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Used with permission of Patrick Elliott

Surfing Cessna

There's no ice in sight in this photo from Patrick Elliott of Bend, Oregon but you'll forgive us for pointing out that it's a moment perfectly frozen in time.

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Used with permission of Olafs Blukis

Lawn Mower Needed

"It seems that some effort is needed to get this plane to the air again," writes Olafs Blukis of Riga, Latvia.

(Olafs got two chuckles from us this week. He also sent us this screenshot with the comment, "I found this extraordinary runway at NZCH on Google Earth. Does this require special certification for landing?" While we couldn't make it a "proper" "POTW," we can't resist sharing.)

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Used with permission of Nigel Mott

Glasair Sportsman 2+2 Travels in Style

Nigel Mott of Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) assures us there's no PhotoShop tomfoolery at play here but there is a slightly more mundane explanation that the photo would suggest: "The Argos G92 yacht was returning from the Miami boat show, where it was displayed with the Sportsman on its aft deck."

It's been a long busy day here at AVweb world headquarters, and that's just the note for us to end on! See you next week with more great reader-submitted photos provided you send 'em in, of course.

Want more? Click here and scroll about 1/3 of the way down the page to see our bonus pics slideshow!

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.