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.


Lots of great photos in our submission box this week! So many, in fact, that we’re having a hard time making a final decision on which ones make it into the top slots – and since we’re running down the clock on our deadline, we’re going to settle on these five. But honestly, folks – you do not want to miss this week’s bonus pics. We’ll remind you again below the fifth pic, but if you enjoy this feature at all, please don’t miss the extra photos we’ve loaded into this week’s slideshow on the AVweb home page.

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copyright Eric Cobb
Used with permission

A Good Flying Day

Eric Cobb of Santa Ynez, California is the first to say that "any flying day is a good day" – but the one pictured here looks particularly good.

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Used with permission of Bill Funk

Winter Cub

Here at "POTW" headquarters, we’ve already broken out the fingerless gloves and started throwing wood on the fire – yes, we’re literally working Bob Cratchit-style in honor of the season – and yet, we’ve hardly seen any wint’ry landscapes in the submission box this year.

Bill Funk of Steinbach, Manitoba (Canada) fixed that quite handily this week, submitting several chilly photos that’ll spruce up our desktop monitor in the as we approach the winter solstice.

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copyright Daniel Eckert
Used with permission of
Gilbert Benzonana

The Whale and the Stingray

Gilbert Benzonana of Grand-Lancy, Geneva (Switzerland) submitted this one on behalf of Daniel Eckert, and it’s a beauty. (Gilbert tells us this is an interception exercise at Zeltwig, Austria.)

Incidentally, we’d like to welcome the Swiss contributors who’ve joined the fun over the last couple of weeks. We’re loving the infusion of new scenery, so please – keep ’em coming!

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Used with permission of Gary Dikkers

Charles Lindbergh – University of Wisconsin Rifle Team

Gary Dikkers of Madison, Wisconsin shows us a different side of the world’s most famous aviator this week – a photo of Charles Lindbergh from the 1923 University of Wisconsin yearbook. According to the caption, Lindbergh is third from the right, appearing here with fellow members of the university’s rifle team. "While at the UW, Lindbergh’s main interests were the pistol and rifle teams," writes Gary. "He was the captain of both teams and led the UW to a national collegiate title in 1921."

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Used with permission of Daun Yeagley

Backyard Mig – Another Take

Ever since we featured this photo from Timothy O’Connor a couple of weeks back, we’ve been getting e-mails from readers who are curious on the backstory. We haven’t had time to dig up the details, but this week sees another Ohioan – Daun Yeagley of Moraine – serving up another angle (and a more definitive ID).

Looks like the kind of shed you’d find on a service lot for your local eletricity co-op – with one exception.

So, Daun, Tim – any more information we can pass on? Let us know if you get a chance.

Remember back at the top when we urged you to check out this bonus pics in this week’s slideshow? Well, we’re repeating that plea, since there are a dozen photos over there we know you’ll want to see. Just visit AVweb‘s home page and scroll down 1/3 of the page until you see the Dreamlifter or the World War II training poster or the awesome black-and-white tarmac photo or the Boeing team in the shadow of Mt. St. Helens or – oh, just click and check ’em out already!

Still trying to figure out what to get AVweb for the holidays? Click here to submit a photo.

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.