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Selecting “Pictures of the Week” for publication is a lot of fun — but lately, it’s been a lot of work, thanks to the flood of quality images our readers are submitting.  This week, in particular, was filled with tough calls and near-collisions with publication.  After much deliberating, we settled on three terrific POTWs, headlined by Tom Evernham’s stunning air-and-sea shot of the U.S.S. Kennedy aircraft carrier.  (An officially licensed AVweb baseball cap is winging its way to you already, Tom!)  We also received a handful of amateur SpaceShipOne photos, two of which really caught our eye — so, in the interest of bending our own “POTW” rules, we’ve included them as a bonus.  That’s right — you’re getting five photos this week for the price of three!

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Copyright © Bob Terry
Used with permission of Tom Evernham

“Salute to U.S.S. Kennedy”
Tom Evernham
of Port Orange, Florida takes home the first-prize
baseball cap this week for a photo of one of six Warbirds honoring
the U.S.S. Kennedy as it departs for a combat cruise

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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 Gardner
Used with permission of John Gardner

“Blue Angels at Aerospace America 2004”
John Gardner of McCloud, Oklahoma sends in this beautifully
composed shot of Blue Angels One, Two, Three, and Four in formation
over Oklahoma City.  “It was the second airshow I have taken my 2-year-old
son to,” writes John.  “He said his favorite part was ‘the scary jets.'”

Used with permission of Tim Parker

“Enjoying the Weather”
Tim Parker of Socorro, New Mexico snuck off to the Columbia Glacier
above Valdez, Alaska for some creative R&R.  The helicopter, he tells us, is
a Messerschmitt-Bolkow-Blohm BO105.

AVweb Readers Cover the SpaceShipOne Launch!

Used with permission of Eric Brandon

“After the Spaceflight”
Eric Brandon of San Rafael, California asks,
“How do you put your spacecraft away after the spaceflight?
By hand-pushing it into the hangar with a towbar!”

Used with permission of Lakshmi Vempati

“Flight into History”
Lakshmi Vempati of San Luis Obispo, California captured the
graceful-if-odd-looking SpaceShipOne and White Knight in a quiet moment

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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.