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.


Had you a little worried, didn’t we? When we skipped last week’s regularly-scheduled installment of “POTW,” submissions surged from a lighter-than-usual trickle to a massive torrent.

Normally we give a little advance notice when we decide to skip our weekly “POTW” feature – especially AirVenture and Sun ‘n Fun – but last week we were secretly hoping to sneak in our regular reader-submitted photos in addition to the flood of podcasts, videos, and product announcements that came out of AOPA Expo. Several of you e-mailed to ask about the missing “POTW,” and we certainly appreciate the interest! As you may have read in this week’s AVmail, we’re back on schedule this week.

Speaking of AVmail, we should also take a moment to thank AVweb readers Bill Neely, Jim Nixon, Gary Dikkers and others who pointed out that Herb Baker’s Ditto is not a T-38, but a T-28. Our fingers sometimes get a little reckless when we’re putting together the copy for this section; we’re just lucky we didn’t turn it into a P-38 by mistake! (Oh, and thanks for pointing us to Herb’s web site!

Now – on to new business!

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Used with permission of Ron Babuka

Tricked-Out Ride – Navy Style

Ron Babuka of Groton, New York found himself inspired by Donald Neuberg’s “Pilot with Great ‘Skull’” last week: “I thought of an image a friend sent me of him taxiing his E-2 to the catapult – notice the fuzzy dice!”

Funny enough, we barely even noticed the dice!

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copyright Ricky Barnard
Used with permission

V-22 Osprey in the Morning Light

Ricky Barnard of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma serves up a perennial favorite of the “POTW” team, this time frame by a few stray clouds at Will Rogers World Airport.

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copyright Brian Emch
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F-22 Afterburner Pass

“Max Moga is seen here putting the afterburners to good use!” according to photographer Brian Emch of Lancaster, California.

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Used with permission of John Morris

Ground Crew Veterans

We just celebrated Veterans Day here in the States, and John Morris of Rochester, Minnesota showed up right on time (give or take a day) with this photo of his uncle, “James ‘Buddy’ Sutton (right), who was crew chief for B-26s durign WWII.” According to John, Uncle Buddy “ended his wartime career preparing for the invasion of Japan on Okinawa and later also served during the Korean War.”

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copyright Jerry L. Morris
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A Couple of Square Riggers

Jerry L. Morris of Dahlonega, Georgia flies us out this week with a rather professional-looking composite he put together in PhotoShop. (Yep, it’s a bit of visual trickery – but it makes great desktop wallpaper, all the same!)

With two weeks’ worth of photos to share, the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page is packed to the gills today. Grab a cup of coffee and cruise on over for more amazing submitted photos from your fellow AVweb readers.

And when you’re done gawking, 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.