Picture of the Week


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Summer is just around the corner, and “Picture of the Week” submissions are on the rise! Of the several dozen photos we received from AVweb readers this week, we’ve managed to whittle the list down to eight favorites – headlined by a spectacular photo from Austrian reader Florian Trojer.

As usual, we’ll be sending Florian an official AVweb baseball cap for submitting this week’s number one photo. Our other top contributors won’t receive hats (alas!), but they do get a hearty “thank you” for brightening our day.

If you’d like to see your photo here – and maybe get a shot at one of those coveted AVweb ball caps – remember tosubmit your aviation photos. Each week, we’ll choose one first-place winner and show you the best runners-up, right here on AVweb.


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copyright Florian Trojer
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“Nature at Its Best”

Florian Trojer of Innsbruck, Tyrol (Austria) got this amazing shot from Runway 8 at the Innsbruck Kranebitten Airport. “A beautiful day for flying,” writes Florian. “Nature at its best: Water, earth, snow – and aviation!”

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 Lee Wonnacott
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“Night Approach”

No filters or flash were used in this gorgeously stark night-time photo from Lee Wonnacott of Kannapolis, North Carolina. According to Lee, the chopper was descending “from pitch dark into the well-lit bowl of the [Lowe’s Motor] Speedway,” which allowed him the opportunity for such a terrific shot.

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Used with permission of Bob Perkins

“Fire and Air”

Bob Perkins of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina brings the excitement this week, with an explosive fireball from the Mid-Atlantic Fly-In in Lumberton, North Carolina.

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Used with permission of Jim Shelton

“Put Your Icons on the Left for Great Wallpaper!”

We couldn’t agree more with Jim Shelton of Independence, Missouri. Click through to the large-size image, and you’ll find a great desktop wallpaper image for your PC or Mac. (Heck, we put six of this week’s top eight photos into our wallpaper rotation immediately!)

For the photo buffs: Jim used the Canon Digital Rebel XT. And for the plane enthusiasts (surely there are some of you out there reading AVweb): The aircraft is the Northrop N9MB Flying Wing from Chino, California’sPlanes of Fame Museum.

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copyright Michael A. Jasumback
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“Short Water-Landing”

We know we just ran a tanker shotlast week – but can you really blame us for running this one fromMichael A. Jasumback of Redding, California?

Even after using it as your desktop image?

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Used with permission of
Robert C. Abbatichio

“Now That’s … A Propeller”

This, ah – interesting-looking prop caught the eye ofRobert C. Abbaticchio of New Smyrna Beach, Florida at Sun ‘n Fun a few weeks back. Can’t say as we blame him – it’s piqued our curiosity, too.

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copyright W. Charles Read
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“Fox Trotting on Bravo”

W. Charles Read of Madison, Wisconsin writes:

“Taken 5/19/2006 at Easton, Maryland (ESN) from the right front seat of a CE-172P. We had just crossed runway 4-22 on Taxiway Bravo and were heading for 33 for departure when we were obliged to pause for these two foxes. As you can see, they were exhibiting gross disregard for the Runway Safety Area marking.”

Looks like the cub is expressing an early interest in aviation … .

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copyright Joseph Horenkamp
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“F4U Corsair”

Finally, Joe Horenkamp of Novi, Michigan occasionally sends us a fun touch-up photo – and while we know how many of you feel about digitally-altered photos here in “POTW,” we thinks it’s fun to share one from time to time. So enjoy Joe’s filter effects on this Corsair – and don’t forget tosend us your own pics!

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 orrsend us an e-mail.