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.


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copyright Gary Walentoski
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The Wrath of Ike

Wow. This week’s top photo comes with an incredible (but no doubt all-too-common) story. Perhaps it’s best told by submitter Gary Walentoski of Baytown, Texas:

This is an Antonov AN-2 at my home field of Laporte, Texas (T41) following the passage of Hurricane Ike. The robust AN-2 was no match for Ike. I apologize for the late submission, but our home electrical service was only restored a little over a week ago.

We couldn’t ask for a more eye-popping reminder that the "clean-up" from a hurricane lasts far longer than the news coverage. Thanks for taking a few moments to share, Gary – hope you enjoy the backlog of AVweb newsletters waiting in your inbox … .

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copyright Garrett Nievin
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Osprey Cleaning the Runway at Oshkosh

We love a good helicopter photo, and there’s none more photogenic than the Osprey – and no better place to catch one in action (outside of military ops) than at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. Thanks to Garrett Nievin of Ashburn, Virginia for taking his camera to this summer’s show!

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Used with permission of Ron Horton

Mission Debriefing

Semi-regular "POTW" contributor Ron Horton of Ft. Mill, South Carolina is back this week, and so is one of our favorite photo subjects, the EAA’s ambassador B-17, Aluminum Overcast. Ron tells us the gentleman in the photo served as a turret gunner in the waning days of World War II.

While Ron didn’t catch the gent’s name, he did want to pass along a "thanks" to all those veterans of the Greatest Generation who inspired and paved the way for today’s pilots.

You know, Veterans Day is coming up in just a few weeks. If Ron’s photo makes you think of any appropriate photos that you’d care to share, they’re welcome any time. (But, of course, it would be really cool if you swamped us with veteran-themed photos during the first week of November.)

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Gary R. Hockensmith

"Wiley Post"

… or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

Gary R. Hockensmith of Mustang, Oklahoma recently spent some time on the set of Pearl, an upcoming biopic about 1930s aviatrix Pearl Carter Scott. (Have we whined lately about how you guys do far more interesting stuff in your off-time than we do?) Here, actor Tom Huston Orr spends his five-minute break leaning up against far more interesting furniture than can be seen in the lavish world headquarters of AVweb‘s "Picture of the Week."

(Click here for another photo of the cast of "Pearl" in full period regalia.)

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Used with permission of Steve Bennett

The Trust of a Child

Steve Bennett of Boylston, Massachusetts writes, "This shot was taken by my friend Wendi Kennedy just before I took her daughter Sydney up in my Kolb TwinStar." Steve admits that "Syd was a little nervous," but it’s clear from the photo she was anxious for her flight.

As usual, you can see more reader-submitted photos in the slideshow on AVweb‘s home page. Worth a look, folks!

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.