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Busy day so far?  Sneak a few moments for yourself and peek at this week’s batch of amateur aviation photos.  No skydivers, aerobatics, or wrecked planes this week – just a handful of gorgeous aircraft photographed against idyllic landscapes.

This week’s top winner comes all the way from Afghanistan, and photographer Byron Miranda will soon be sporting a brand-new AVweb cap for his efforts.  If you’d like one of these spiffy caps to keep the sun out of your eyes this summer, justsend us your amateur aviation photos.  If your pic makes it into the final round, we’ll spotlight your photographic genius right here on AVweb – and if you’re lucky enough to win the top spot, we’ll send you one of those prestigious caps!

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


Used with permission of Byron Miranda

"Marine CH-53 Over Afghanistan"
Byron Miranda
sends us this photo of the astonishingly
beautiful landscape – and a U.S. Marine CH-53 over
an Afghan lake.  "I hadn’t been in country long," writes Byron,
"and was stunned to see the lake passing below us.
The most amazing blue water."  Thanks for sharing,
Byron – your official AVweb cap is in the mail!

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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 Chip Sherman
Used with permission

"Chalk’s Ocean Airways G-73T Mallard"
Chip Sherman of Aurora, Colorado recently
returned from the Bahamas, where he snapped
this shot from the deck of his cruise ship.
"Crossing paths with Mallards at Nassau and
float planes at St. Thomas were journey highlights,"
according to Chip.  "I just wish I had time to
ride aboard one of the Mallards."

copyright William J. Pearce
Used with permission

"Baron on the Rock"
William Pearce
of Los Osos, California
takes a moment to share the view from
Tony William’s B-55 Baron, looking out
on pilot Chris Szarek in the Cygnet
Aerospace B-55 over Morro Bay.
The photo was taken during a
formation flying clinic last October.

Bonus Pictures

Sometimes three pictures just aren’t enough!

copyright Mike Whaley
Used with permission

"Soaring Through the Stars"
Mike Whaley of Melbourne, Florida sent us
quite a few fetching photos from Sun ‘n Fun, but this
is the only one that made us regret going to dinner
every night instead of sticking around the show grounds.
In this pic, Manfred Radius supplies some spectacular
pyrotechnics at the Saturday night airshow – while AVweb
staffers were stuffing our faces at Sonny’s Barbecue.
"This was a several-second exposure using a Minolta 7Hi
digital camera," writes Mike.  "If you look closely, you can
tell that there was a very strong, direct crosswind."

Used with permission of David G. Brant

"Nine-O-Nine Visits VGT"
David G. Brant of Las Vegas, Nevada
sends us this shot of the Collings Foundation
B-17 taken while we were away at Sun ‘n Fun
in Lakeland.  "It’s tough to get a picture with no
spectators in the viewfinder," writes David.
We’d say his patience paid off.

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.