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It wasn’t the calendar that clued us in to the first day of summer here in the U.S. – nope, it was the overwhelming domination of air show photos in this week’s “POTW” submissions! With clear blue skies, longer days, and the kids out of school, there’s no better way to spend a summer weekend than packing up the SUV and driving to your nearest air show. And if you’re an AVweb reader, you can add a little extra thrill to the trip by packing your digital camera and trying to get some shots that will land you a spot in our Thursday “Picture of the Week” feature.

Just in case you’re new to AVweb, here’s the deal: You submit the pictures, we look at them, and then we run a handful of the best on AVweb.com. And one submitter gets an official AVweb hat for going above and beyond the call of duty and submitting the top photo of the week. This week, that submitter is Andrey Belchev of Arlington, Texas. Andrey’s exciting parachutist photo is one of the first non-airplane shots to win a hat in quite a while – hope you enjoy it, Andrey! While you’re waiting for your hat to arrive, we’re going to kick back and enjoy this week’s photos … .


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Used with permission of Andrey Valentinov Belchev


Andrey Belchev of Arlington, TX snapped this week’s winning photo at the Thunder Over Texas air show last month. Apparently the thunder of military warbirds is often accompanied by a smoking rain of paratroopers … .

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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Used with permission of Alex Marko

“Blimp Passengers Prepare for a Close Fly-By”

Talk about dedication to flying and photography: Alex Marko of Torrance, California was hiking in Palos Verdes when he looked up in the sky and saw this Stearman PT-17 putting on a private air show for the pilots and passengers of a Goodyear Blimp. Lucky for us Alex had his camera on-hand.

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copyright Lisa Salazar
Used with permission

“You Missed by an Inch!”

Andrey wasn’t the only “POTW” submitter with his eye on parachutists this week. Liza Salazar of Port St. Lucie, Florida snapped another top-spot contender, this one taken at the Ft. Pierce Air Show back in March. “Despite a bit of wind,” writes Lisa, “the paratroopers were right on their marks.”

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copyright Kevin Theron
Used with permission

“Low Flyin'”

Kevin Theron of Pretoria, South Africa delivers one of our favorite desktop wallpaper images this week. Don’t believe it? Click through to thefull-size image and give it a try.

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Used with permission of Joseph C. Bennett

“Four Generations of Warbirds”

Joe Bennett of Wilson, Wyoming captured one of our favorite air show formations at Hill Air Force Base (in Ogden, Utah) last weekend. Now we’re looking forward to seeing some of these planes in person again at AirVenture … .

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Used with permission of Greg Side

“Harvard Wallpaper”

Speaking of desktop wallpapers, Greg Side of Hamilton, Ontario (Canada) thinks this one is great for your desktop. We gave it a spin this afternoon and tend to agree.

The pilots shown here are the demonstration team of theCanadian Harvard Aircraft Association, who “put on a great aerobatic display” according to Greg and others who’ve seen them.

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copyright Jannett Sue Johnson
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“Golfers Gaze in Awe”

Let’s take a quick break from air show photos and revisit one of our favorite recent subjects – fire-fighting helicopters. (If you people don’t stop sending us so many good chopper pics, we’re going to have to rename this feature “Fire-Fighting Photo of the Week.”)

This one is from Jannett Sue Johnson of Parowan, Utah – and the real kicker here (aside from the beautiful golf course at Helmet, California) is watching the golfers look on in surprise as a fire-fighting chopper dips into their water hazard.

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Used with permission of Brian Lee Robbins

“Seneca Sunset”

Brian Lee Robbins of Columbus, New Jersey flies us home this week. “Admiring the colors in the sunset at South Jersey Regional Airport, I decided to capture this Seneca returning home,” writes Brian. “Taken with [an] Olympus C-2100.”

And lest we forget: Dagmar, we did enjoy the Road Runner photos – but decided they weren’t really appropriate for a family publication like AVweb! 😉

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.