Picture of the Week: AVweb’s Flying Photography Showcase


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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 photo on AVweb.com? Click here to submit it to our weekly contest.


Welcome back to "Picture of the Week." We had hoped to get in a regular installment of "POTW" last week, but NBAA kept us a little too busy to serve up our usual gallery of reader-submitted eye candy. And man, do we ever regret it! Last week’s photos were a stunning bunch, and even with a few extra days to pick a winner, we have to tell you – ’tweren’t easy. Not only did the submissions from our missed week raise the bar in terms of quality; they topped our expectations in quantity, too. With that in mind, we’re not combining entries from the last couple of weeks to catch up. If next week’s entries are unusually thin, we may roll them over – but, more likely, we’ll work on sneaking in an extra edition of "POTW" sometime over the next couple of weeks. (Now that’s what we’d call a win-win scenario.)

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Used with permission of Tim Riley

Final Approach to Paradise

This particular paradise is the "Main Salmon River in Idaho, Wilson Bar USFS air strip." Tim Riley of Los Gatos, California captures the moment perfectly and beats out a slew of other reader photos to be named our "Picture of the Week."

"Note the tent under the tree," Tim points out. (That comment kept us busy for a couple of minutes; maybe it’ll do the same for you.)

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Used with permission of Diana Richards

Fighter Cockpit

Diana Richards the best houseguests. Seen here is the cockpit of Jack Kearbey‘s S.E.5a biplane, just as Diana experienced it when Kearbey dropped in for a visit on her Jasper, Missouri farm. "The leather helmet and gloves were placed casually by Jack as he exited the aircraft an hour earlier," writes Diana. "Just a little imagination takes on back in time to a British aerodrome during WWI."

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copyright Paul T. Gernhardt
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"Which Way Did He Say to Turn?"

Paul T. Gernhardt of Ashburn, Virginia is back in the submission box this time around, with a delightful photo of the Snowbirds performing at this year’s Reno Air Races. "This is my favorite jet aerobatic team," Paul told us – and we wholeheartedly agree. Until we get to the next pic of the Thunderbirds or the Blue Angels. (Call us wishy-washy, but we can’t pick just one. We can’t!)

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Used with permission of Dave Mills

Blue Moon

This simple but gorgeous photo from Dave Mills of Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada) came so close to being our "Picture of the Week" that we’re almost indignant with ourselves on Dave’s behalf. Fortunately (or not), years of making tough aesthetic decisions under pressure of deadline have hardened our hearts and enabled us to move on.

(Though we did make this shot from the Abbotsford International Air Show our desktop wallpaper for the week, if only so we can spend the next seven days second-guessing ourselves.)

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copyright Zane Jacobson
Used with permission

Cornfield Cub

Zane Jacobson of Portland, Oregon wraps things up with the "final lonely J3 Cub at the Graham Field Fly-In in Adams Mills, Ohio." Zane, we’re counting on you to bag up the trash and turn in the keys to the rental, O.K.?

The Blue Angels! Awe-inspiring sunsets! The youngest member of the AeroShell Aerobatic Team! You’ll see them all in this week’s bonus photos, only in the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page. Go!

Click here to submit your own photos to “POTW.”

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

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 the POTW Rules or or send us an e-mail.