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Welcome to another installment of "Picture of the Week," where we run the most eye-catching aviation photos sent in by our readers.  If there was a theme to be found in this week’s contest entries, it was "spinning props" – several submitters wanted to show us they’d mastered the F-stop on their cameras and sent some nifty in-flight and take-off shots.  We chose one of those as our winner – Dan Megna’s photo of Steve Dari in his Pitts.

Dan will be getting one of those nifty AVweb baseball caps reserved for our weekly winners.  If you’d like a shot at the hat (or the fleeting fame of being a "POTW" contender!),submit your photo here.

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


copyright Dan Megna
Used with permission

"Steve Dari, the Redhead Pitts"
Despite stiff competition in the "spinning blades" category,
Dan Megna
of Ramona, California takes home this
week’s first-prize baseball cap.  Congratulations, Dan!

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Used with permission of Keith Arendt

"Keith on Sunset Load"
Keith J. Arendt of Schaum, Illinois
glides home in one for the sky-divers.
The photo was shot by Cliff Birch, whom Keith
describes as a "world-class video & pic skydiver."
We certainly believe it.  Great shot!

Used with permission of Jack Rigby

Jack Rigby of Hudson, Ohio explains:
"While walking the St. Jean Beach on St. Barth,
we witnessed this plane hit the water.  The runway is
only 15 yards from the surf.  He was landing without
permission, before the airport opens at 7am.
Six big men climbed out into the surf and then the
waves pushed the plane back onto the beach. …
This happened about 30 feet in front of us."

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.

Bonus Pictures

Since you’ve been good this week
(and for several weeks leading up to this one),
here are some bonus pictures for you to enjoy:

Remember:  You have to keep ’em coming if you want bonus pictures.
Super Bowl weekend is no excuse for slacking, people!

Used with permission of Kevin Richardson

"Family Flight"
Can’t get enough of those Stinsons?
Kevin Richardson
of Marietta, Georgia
dug this photo out of the album for us.
The man in overalls is Kevin’s grandfather
and the two women are his mother and
future mother-in-law.  Kevin’s grandmother
snapped the photo during the summer of 1936.

Used with permission of Wes Broxterman

“F-15 Over the North Atlantic"
Wes Broxterman of Salina, Kansas took
this photo after refueling and releasing
an F-15 off the north coast of Iceland.

Used with permission of Paul A. Rosales

"San Joaquin Valley Sea of Clouds"
Paul A. Rosales
of Lancaster, California
submits a photo of pilot Laird Owens in his RV-6,
taken over the San Joaquin Valley in California.

Used with permission of Richard Fraser

"A Silent Warbird"
Richard Fraser
of Feilding, Manawatu
(New Zealand) sends us this photo of
"the first large aircraft to land at Feilding
Aerodrome’s extended runway."

And we didn’t make a shearing joke.

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.