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Welcome back to “Picture of the Week” – the section of the site we spend way too much time putting together because, well, we like looking at airplanes.

And we got to look at some pretty sharp aircraft this week – most of ’em warbirds and bi-planes, for some reason. (Hey, we’re not complaining!) This week’s top honors go to George Mock of Ontario, Canada, who’ll be receiving an official AVweb baseball cap in the mail.

Submit your photos to our next contest, and you could win one of these hats for yourself. At the very least, you’ll know the AVweb staff spent an evening ogling your plane instead of going home to our wives and children.

Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.


Used with permission of George Mock

“Spitfire in Downtown Windsor”
We seriously considered renaming this photo
“Valet Parking” but decided to go with the suggestion of
George Mock of Windsor, Ontario (Canada) instead.
In reality, Bud Irwin of the RCAF isn’t picking up his keys
but is being interviewed about his experiences as
Windor’s last surviving WWII Spitfire pilot.

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AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up. Click on the links below to view larger versions.

copyright John English
Used with permission

“Tora! Tora! Tora!”
John English of Abilene, Texas
traveled back in time to the bombing
of Pearl Harbor through a CAF
air show re-enactment.

Used with permission of Alex Bahlsen

“Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow”
Alex Bahlsen
of Cayley, Alberta (Canada)
treats us to the rustic beauty of Sakatchewan.
We’re usually resistant to rainbow pics because
we receive so many of them, but this image
was just too good to pass up.

Bonus Pictures

Used with permission of John Ousterhout

“The Race”
John Ousterhout of Windsor Heights, Iowa
brought this photo back from his trip to the June 18
Gathering of Eagles in Gardner, Kansas.

Used with permission of John S. Allen

“Packed Away”
And we thought it was tough packing all our
computer equipment into the AVweb jet!
John Allen
of Roswell, Georgia shows us
how air show performer Eric Beard
travels – in style – to an Alaskan
air show with a lift from the USAF.

Used with permission of Billy Walker

“Young Eagles Take to the Skies”
“Ten youngsters went aloft in a 1950
Bellanca ‘Cardboard Connie’ recently,”
writes Billy Walker of Phoenix, Arizona.
“For most, it was their first flight. For all,
it was their first flight in a light airplane.”

copyright Mujahid Abdulrahim

Used with permission

“Fantasy Tahoe Flight”
Here’s one picked especially for the readers who object
to our inclusion of digitally altered images in the “POTW” contest:
Mujahid Abdulrahim
of Gainesville, Florida used a Pitts bi-plane
created by Chris O’Riley in 3D Studio Max and a Lake Tahoe
background snapped on a flight in a Cessna 172 to “upgrade”
his flying experience. Regardless of how you feel about digital
alterations in this contest, we thought it was worth sharing.
Plus, we haven’t stirred up any heated POTW debates lately,
and this one’s one of our favorites. (Send your lettershere.)

To enter next week’s contest, click here.

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 thePOTW Rules orsend us an e-mail.