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.


This time next week, we'll be at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In and may in fact be too busy gawking at real airplanes to get in our normal quota of drooling over your photos. But don't let that discourage you! Keep sending those photos, because we may actually find time to squeeze in "POTW" next Thursday and if not, we'll catch up on the following week.

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copyright Martin Traverso
Used with permission

Super Decathlon Taking off from PAO

Some weeks, picking a single photo is downright painful. Martin Traverso of Menlo Park, California landed in our top spot today, but only after numerous second guesses and at least two coin flips. Despite stiff competition among the top three photos, this one dutifully noses ahead and yes, it is currently our desktop wallpaper image.

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Used with permission of Douglas Johnson

KC-97 Cockpit

"Fisheye view of the cockpit of a KC-97 training rig," courtesy of Belmont, North Carolina's Douglas Johnson. (See what we meant about the stiff competition?) "It is an actual cockpit" writes Doug, "but is now separate from the rest of the aircraft ... on display at the Carolinas Aviation Museum at CLT."

(Psst Doug's got an awesome photo stream on Flickr, which he reminded us of in his comments.)

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Used with permission of Kelly Dickens

Blue Angels Break

Kelly Dickens of Houston, Texas capture this image at the Wings Over Houston air show last October and man, does it ever get us in the mood for Sun 'n Fun! (Thanks for being the unofficial harbinger of summer around the AVweb offices, Kelly.)

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copyright Gilbert Benzonana
Used with permission

Be Careful Stripping Sailplanes They May Bite!

Don't panic! No A&Ps were harmed in the making of this photo. Gilbert Benzonana of Grand-Lancy, Geneva (Switzerland) was shooting a few routine photos while the mechanic checked out this sailplane. When he went back through the pictures later, he discovered this rather grisly scene caused by some paint "left by chance" and which, we notice, matches the aircraft's detailing.

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copyright Ricky Barnard
Used with permission

Fly Me to the Moon

"Caught another Delta flying by the moon tonight," Ricky Barnard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma tells us in his journal-like comments. "I get bored a lot."

'S O.K., Rick your boredom helps fight off ours!

We'll have some bonus pics up in the slideshow AVweb's home page Thursday afternoon. (We're running a little slow this week, with all the prep work for Sun 'n Fun.) Think of it as one last chance to check out the current batch before we swap 'em out with the new ones.

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.