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.


We know you’re busy scanning the internet for vital aviation information, but how about you relax and take a five-minute break with us while we ooh and ahh over this week’s top five photos? All work and no “Picture of the Week” makes Jack a dull boy.

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Used with permission of Suzy Kryzanowicz

Awaiting Another Day

Three colors and a couple of shapes – but what a gorgeous photo.

Suzy Kryzanowicz of Bay City, Michigan downplays her “Picture of the Week” submission, jokingly calling it “my impression of what it would look like if I tripped over the extension cord in my hangar and looked up!”

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Used with permission of Douglas Johnson

Piedmont Airlines DC-3 Ready to Fly!

We’re beginning to think Douglas Johnson of Belmont, North Carolina has a thing for DC-3s. (Maybe it’s the name?) As Douglas reminded us, his last entry was a 2009 “POTW” winner and featured a rusty, hulking DC-3 that was definitely not flight-ready. This time, it’s the Carolinas Aviation Museum‘s in-service model, as seen through a fisheye lens.

(Psst – we’ve also got a link to Douglas’s photo stream on Flickr, and it’s every bit as worthwhile as you’d expect from the photo you’re seeing here.)

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Used with permission of Alan Wirth

Snowbound Hornet

Alan Wirth of Lexington Park, Maryland explains:

I work at Patuxent River NAS doing F/A-18 flight testing at the Navy test squadron VX-23. We have a 1:18 scale hornet that, on slow days, we dress up to mimic current flight testing. During our recent snow storms, when the air field was buried under two feet of snow, we decided on a snow scene to reflect the current outside condition.

(We are so going to Toys R Us first thing in the morning!)

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Used with permission of Bob Kennedy

757 on My Tail

Bob Kennedy of Wailuku, Hawaii had just cleared the runway after landing his C-172 when the tower directed this big fella to cross behind him. “My daughter, in the back seat, was alarmed at the close encounter,” writes Bob, but our intrepid submitted did exactly what we’d have done – he reached for his camera.

(P.S. Bob writes, “I started to make the caption read, ‘Caution: Wake Turbulence from the Departing Cessna.'”)

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Used with permission of James Kleen

Berkley Calls Out Enemy Fighters

Berkley the Airedale navigator just “sighted a Taylorcraft on his way from Asheville to Savannah,” according to James Kleen of Pooler, Georgia.

We’re tempted to point out that, like James, we love dogs and airplanes – but, c’mon, who doesn’t?

Five reader pics just makes you want more, doesn’t it? Head on over to AVweb‘s home page and check out a dozen or so more pics from our submitters.

And when you’re done, why don’t you submit a photo of your own? (That’s how we get ’em, see.)

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.