Picture of the Week


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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb’s home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our “Picture of the Week.”

Want to see your photos featured?Submit them here!

A quick note for submitters: If you’ve got severalphotos that you feel are “POTW” material, your best bet is to submitthem one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeingprint on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier onus, too. 😉



We were all set to go on and on about the weather andhow many weather-related submissions we received this week.Ominous clouds and rain-drenched runways were all set to be the theme ofthis week’s “POTW” slideshow on the AVweb home page – but then werealized that we hadn’t looked at the latest batch of submissions thatcame in yesterday and today (Tuesday and Wednesday for those of youreading this in the future). Lo and behold, after looking at thelast-minute surge of submissions, we’ve lost our theme. There arestill a few bad weather pics in the mix, but it looks like the skiescleared up for our submitters in the last 48 hours.

So much for theme-hunting. Um, how about we justsay that this week’s theme is, ah – good pictures? Yeah,that’s it – pictures we liked!

Remember: Once you’ve enjoyed the pictureshere and on our home page,we’d love to see yours!Click here tosubmit. (Bad weather and good weather alike are alwayswelcomed!)

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Used with permission of Nicholas A. Ruemker

G.A. Sunset

It’s always a pleasant surprise when we discover a “POTW” submitter whosays something the rest of us have been thinking. In this case,it’s Nicholas Ruemker of Colorado,who writes:

This is 3sq at sunset from earlier this summer. I like it because the atmosphere brings me back to the roots of aviation, away from thinking about fighter jets, mid-air refueling, and USAF missions.

Nicholas may have been talking about his own USAF duties, but manyreaders have noticed a decidedly military turn in “POTW” submissionsover the last few weeks, and have been asking what happened to all theCessna 172s, the first flights, and the small airports. (Honestly,we’ve just been inundated with jet pictures of late.)

Thanks for reminding us of the airport sunsets that are familiar toevery pilot, Nicholas. For sending in a shot that’s sure toresonate with everyone from fighter pilots to ultralight builders, we’renaming this our “Picture of the Week.” Watch your mailbox for thatspiffy new AVweb hat we’ll be sending your way!

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Used with permission of Michael Mahoney

Business End of ‘Aluminum Overcast’

At the other end of the spectrum, here’s a bird not everyone gets to fly- Aluminum Overcast.

Michael Mahoney of Redmond,Washington serves up this photo of the Overcast‘s most familiarfeature. There’s something about her that seems to draw camerahounds out of the woodwork – and even after all this time looking atreader-submitted pictures of the EAA’s flagship B-17, we never seem toget tired of her.

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photo by Mauricio Aravalo
Used with permission of George Logue

Punching Holes in the Sky

Those cloudy, weather-filled shots we mentioned above? This one,taken by Mauricio Arevalo and sentto us by George Logue of Hurst,Texas, might be the coolest to arrive in our submission box this week.

Taken just west of Dallas-Fort Worth, the holes you see here “werecreated by departing airliners on climbout, penetrating a thin and verystable cirrus layer. The ‘derrick’ is actually a drilling rig on aconstruction site.”

As always, you’ll find more photos in the POTW slideshow atAVweb.com.Head over there and check ’em out!

To enter next week’s contest,click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider thesource 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 indeedauthorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you’re uncertain,consult thePOTWRules orsend us an e-mail.