Picture of the Week


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Rifling through our virtual mailbox and marveling at your photo submissions is probably our favorite part of the work week.  Every Wednesday, we download the contents of our submission folder and go through the images one by one, picking out our favorites.  Then we make a second pass, reading all the comments and trying to pick a winner.  And finally, once we have a list of photos we plan to share with readers in our "POTW" feature story, we go back to the server and fish out the submitters’ names to see who’s getting this week’s AVweb baseball hat and who to credit for all our runner-up photos.  From time to time, we get a little extra surprise when we discover that a winning photo’s been submitted by someone we actually know!  That was the case this week, with a photo fromOregon Aero‘s own Steve Badman.


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Used with permission of Steve Badman

Skywriting by Suzanne Asbury-Oliver

Steve Badman of Wooster, Ohio asks a question that we hear in e-mail quite often:  "Where [have all] the skywriters have flown?"

And he provides an answer!

"Look no further than Suzanne Asbury-Oliver," writes Steve, "who placed this mile-high smoke signal in the sky over EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006. She crafted her signature smiley face from the cockpit of theOregon Aero SkyDancer."

AVweb continues to receive a large number of excellent images for our POTW contest. Here are some of the runners-up.  Due to privacy issues, AVweb does not publish e-mail addresses of readers who submit photos.

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copyright John Rippinger
Used with permission

Cleared in Hot!

And to avoid any appearance of impropriety, we’re also awarding a hat this week to John Rippingerof Schaumburg, Illinois.

Heck, forget that – we’re sending the Ripper a matched set of three hats:  One for himself, one for pyrotech Rich Gibson, and one for trigger-woman Susan "Boom Boom" Rippinger!  John writes, "This is what it looked like on the 1,500′ line (airshow center) at the Rockford, Illinois air show … as [an] FA-18 streaked overhead."


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Used with permission of Jeff Wilkinson

Get Me Off This Crazy Plane!

Jeff Wilkinson of Orlando, Florida tells us this is "supposedly the first attempt of a transfer from a plane to a helicopter."

To which we can only respond:



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copyright Eric C. Van Gilder
Used with permission

USAF Heritage Flight

Heritage flights always make for a great photo opportunity – andEric C. Van Gilder of Moorpark, California steps up to the plate this week with a terrific picture he shot at the Edwards Air Force Base open house last Saturday.

(Two words, folks: "Desktop wallpaper.")


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Used with permission of Tim Coldenhoff

Night Fire

We had a tough time choosing from a couple of nifty shotsTim Coldenhoff of Peoria, Arizona snapped at the recent Goodyear Balloon and Air Show – but in the end, we couldn’t let this one escape without sharing it.


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Used with permission of Ryan E. Lunde

Beach Comber

Donald Lunde of Richmond, Texas almost apologies for sending us a photo that’s "more boat than Champ, but a neat image of exploring the beaches of Texas."

(Worth noting:  We got lots of photos from Texas this week – and judging by the quality, we’d love to see some more!)


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Used with permission of Pete Mattson

Turn ‘n Burn

Pete Mattson of Tierra Verde, Florida sees us off this week with a photo he snapped at the recent Airfest 2006.

See you all next week!  In the meantime,keep those photos coming!

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.