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.


Attention, AVwebbers! If you're planning on sending us pics of your plane decked out in holiday lights, giving Santa a ride, ferrying fresh-cut pines, or sporting a menorah, try to get them in to us by Monday, December 20. We'd love to run them in next Thursday's installment of "POTW" before we head over the river and through the woods to grandma's hangar.

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copyright John King
Used with permission

DC-3 Back on Scheduled Service in the Kingdom of Tonga

That's right, kids not every DC-3 is an air show attraction; some are still working for a living. John King of Auckland, New Zealand was pleased to be able to experience this view of the South Pacific without any digital manipulations just the skilled work of "three good pilots (Keith Mitchell and Alani Fonua in the DC-3, Craig Emeny in the camera [plane] BN2A Islander)."

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copyright Ryan Insell
Used with permission


We have to confess: We're not sure exactly which WOC Ryan Insell of Cypress, Texas shot this photo at. That's O.K., though; you'll be too busy holding onto your hat to wonder, either.

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Used with permission of Randle Corfman

It Begins ...

Judging by "POTW" submissions, the Young Eagles have nothing on AVweb readers. Guys like Randle Corfman of Maple Grove, Minnesota have been going out of their way to introduce 'em to aviation young.

Good on ya, AVwebbers. Keep it up!

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Used with permission of Joe Gemma

"Dad, This Is All You Do?"

We don't think you can start any earlier than pro pilot Joe Gemma's two-month-old Caitlin! Joe hails from Duncan, South Carolina and tells us that it "just so happens that [Caitlin's first] flight was operated by the airline I fly for and in the plane I fly."

(And people still wonder why we like our readers so much?)

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Used with permission of Arthur B. Wiggins

Yee Haw!

To sign off, here's one from the aviation archives of Richmond, Virginia reader Arthur B. Wiggins. Arthur tells us it's a training flight from 1917 but offered no back story beyond that. Maybe it's where Superman and Dr. Strangelove got their inspiration?

You'll find more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb's home page. And it's a good batch, so 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.