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.


Wow. Your photos from Sun 'n Fun have started to roll in, and they're spectacular! We had so many photos that came in during show week, we had to roll over a few submissions (sight unseen) into next week's batch. We'll try hard not to peek until next week, but in the meantime, we've got a great line-up for today!

And you don't want to miss this week's slideshow, either it contains what may be the best assortment of desktop wallpapers we've ever run in a single week. (You know where to find the slideshow, right? About 1/3 of the way down AVweb's home page.)

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copyright Paul T. Gernhardt
Used with permission

Pirated Skies of Lakeland

Paul T. Gernhardt of Ashburn, Virginia cranks us into his gear with this photo we simply couldn't tear our eyes away from. We may have missed air show sensations Kyle and Amanda Franklin doing their "Pirated Skies" routine at Sun 'n Fun, but several AVweb readers sent us wicked cool photos of the performance. It's the next best thing to being there!

(Psst you can see more pics from Paul at his web site.)

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Used with permission of John McShane

Warthog and Observation Balloon

John McShane of Lakeland, Florida didn't have to travel far to enjoy the sights of Sun 'n Fun. Maybe you were a little too far away to make the trip, but your buddy John sends you this postcard, snapped early Saturday at the show.

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copyright John King
Used with permission

DH90 Flanked by Two DH89s Over Lake Hawea, New Zealand

Another photo that kept us from getting more work done today and further fuel for our desire to plan a trip to New Zealand one of these days is this idyllic shot from North Shore City's John King. John tells us ADDD in the foreground has just been restored and is on the way to its new home with Jerry Yagen in Virginia Beach here in the U.S. (The formation shot was taken the moring after Warbirds Over Wanaka.)

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copyright Chris Hanisko
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Practice Makes Perfect (And In This Case, It Had Better)

Chris Hanisko of Chandler, Arizona was minding his own business when this Very Important Plane "showed up in the pattern and did touch-and-gos for about an hour." (If you don't recognize the distinctive stripe in the small photo, click through to check out the large version.)

While we're on the subject of sights you may recognize: "That's Three-Mile Island in the background," Chris tells us.

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copyright Richard Krenn
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Chair Flying

As if we didn't get enough grief for being armchair quarterbacks and back-seat drivers, Richard and Kathrine Krenn of Jacksonville, Florida have taught us a new pasttime that can get under people's skin chair flying. (Check out the large version to see how to build your own.) At least the left-seater here doesn't seem to mind but that could change if there's bad weather or a cat strike.

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. Don't miss 'em!

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.