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.


With Memorial Day now behind us in the U.S., it's time to pick up the pace and careen headlong into summer. EAA AirVenture is only weeks away, and the photos are starting to come in from readers' favorite air shows across the globe. (And that includes a few in places that aren't caught up in the race toward summer right now.)

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copyright Jeffrey Thornton
Used with permission

Heating Things Up at the Titusville Air Show

Jeffrey Thornton of Woodbridge, Virginia knows how to start off summer with a bang or a wall of fire, if you want to get technical. That's Dale Snodgrass raising the temperature in the F-86 at the Titusville Air Show in Florida a few weeks back.

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copyright Don Parsons
Used with permission

"We Sent Waldo Out for Doughnuts ..."

"... so we could sit in the cockpit and make airplane noises," writes Don Parsons of St. Peters, Missouri.

The fellow in the foreground is Glenn Peck, who's currently restoring the Standard J1 waiting patiently outside the hangar for the clean-up to be finished. Don tells us Glenn will be ready to fly her soon, after spending 16 months doing various restoration work.

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copyright Harold Moritz
Used with permission

Sky Soldiers

Harold Moritz of East Haddam, Connecticut has the perfect description of this heart-stopping photo:

If this weren't at the Andrews 2010 Joint Services Open House Air Show, you'd think something really bad was happening. But the precision flying of the Army's Sky Soldiers team was impressive first time I've seen them or any helo demo team before. ... They are only doing a handful of shows, so get out there and see them.

We'll second that motion!

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Used with permission of Fred W. Scott Jr.

Caribou at Saglak DEW Line Site, Labrador

A couple of weeks back, we practically dared you to top the sight of a helicopter herding muskoxen inside the Arctic Circle.

Fred W. Scott Jr. of North Garden, Virginia takes up the gauntlet this week, delivery a shot fo Caribou looking for a little shade on the taxiway. Caribou in Labrador. Well played, Mr. Scott!

If you've got wilder photos of wildlife and aircraft, it should go without saying that we want to see it.

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Used with permission of Donald Reece

Ready to Go

Donald Reece of Palm Harbor, Florida reminds us that summer isn't all explosions, stunts, wild animals, and cleaning up. Nope, there's also those luxuriously long evenings, captured perfectly by Donald "just outside the Anchorage Airport a couple of years ago."

He writes, "This Cessna looked like it was ready to go, just waiting for a pilot. If I only had the keys."

And hey there's more to see on AVweb's home page, in teh slideshow about 1/3 of the way down the page. Check it out.

Click here to submit your own photos to "POTW." We want '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.