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 knew we were in trouble this week when we the first five photos we downloaded from the electronic submission box went directly into the "maybe top photo" pile. Picking a winner was tough, but the photos we've got to share with you are outstanding, even by our usual high standards.

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Used with permission of Isaac Adler

War Machine Turned Refugee Camp

When all was said and done, Isaac Adler of Kalamazoo, Michigan nudged out the nearest competitor by combining a great airplane and unusual photo op. Isaac and the Yankee Air Museum B-17 seen here were both at Pontiac Airport in Waterford while storms were battering Oshkosh during the opening hours of AirVenture. When a sudden downpour surprised everyone, Isaac grabbed his camera to get some shots of the rain against a sunny blue sky and couldn't pass up this shot.

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Used with permission of Keith Langdon

Even Sitting Still ...

Even though these members of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team were grounded during the night fireworks display, Keith Langdon of Lawton, Michigan knew they'd steal the show in this photo destined to become your next desktop wallpaper image.

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Used with permission of Dave Major

Three Flying Cars

Dave Major of Benton, Kansas treats us to a line-up of his "Cherokee 140B with my three 'flying cars.'" We spent a little time wondering about them ourselves, until we read Dave's comments:

The one closest to really flying is on the far right. I took a 1957 BMW Isetta and mounted an O-435 Lycoming six-cylinder aircraft engine on the back end with a six-foot wood air boat prop. In the winter, I attach 3 skis and run it on frozen lakes in Minnesota. (So far it has run 120 mph on a straight stretch of a big lake.) In the summer, we drive it on three wheels in parades all over the USA.

And with that, we added Dave Major's name to the list of readers we really want to hang out with.

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Used with permission of Alberto García-R.

High Above the Tropics — Another Kind of Paradise

Also added to that list? Alberto García-R. of Caracas, Miranda (Venezuela), who took this shot back in February at "a place called Kavac in the south of Venezuela. [In the background] is Auyan Tepui mesa, where Angel Falls (the tallest waterfall in the world) is located."

(It's been a few hours since we first saw this photo, and we're still marvelling over that skyline.)

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copyright © Stephen Koewler
Used with permission

Julie Clark's "Top Banana"

Stephen Koewler of Sacramento, California isn't the first reader to send us pics of Clark's T-28C — but he is the first to wow us with a perfect complement of natural colors.

(Not that you need us to tell you, but this one too makes a perfect desktop wallpaper image.)

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. (Midwesterners, take note: You're well-represented this week!)

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.