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.


Over the last several weeks, we’ve witnessed the annual “spring thaw” in reader-submitted photos. Perhaps our readers’ fingers are just now warming up enough to upload their photos, or maybe it’s the lure of hanging around the FBO for a couple of hours when the sun stays out later. Whatever the case, photo submissions are up, so hang onto your seat as we dive into our latest batch of reader images!

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Used with permission of Leonard Ray Duncil


That’s the spirit, Leonard Duncil of Titusville, Florida!

We’re not sure how much camera zoom is at play here, but our first reaction was something along the lines of “They let him get that close at an air show?” (The show in question being this past weekend’s Valiant Air Command Warbirds Air Show.)

So, Leonard – are you coming to Sun ‘n Fun this year?

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Used with permission of Jeff Randall

Number Six

No man is a number, Jeff Randall of Clyde, Texas!

Oh, wait. You mean Thunderbird Number Six! (Jeff didn’t snap this pic in the Village but at the San Angelo, Texas Air Fiesta, where this lone fighter waited patiently to rejoin the rest of the Fabulous Thunderbirds.)

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Used with permission of Greg Soaper

“Put the Spurs to Her, Chuck”

We thought we recognized this photo from Greg Soaper of Fullerton, California from a previous edition of “POTW,” but it was just our addled memory playing tricks on us. We’re half-convinced this one was submitted before and didn’t make it into our weekly round-up – but if that’s the case, it must’ve arrived on a heck of a week, Greg, ’cause we really dig the photo!

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Used with permission of Leonard Mack

Kathryn Burgess Unties for a Morning Breakfast Flight

Leonard Mack of Hilliard, Ohio writes, “Last weekend we had over 20 inches of snowfall and blizzard-like conditions. This weekend, all the snow melted, and it was in the mid-40s! … This was the perfect day to go flying!”

We’ve been telling you spring is on the way, Leonard – there’s no better indicator that the vernal uptick in “POTW” submissions!

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copyright Kevin Virgil Brown
Used with permission


Kevin Virgil Brown of Boise, Idaho claims this is “something everyone will want to fly in, [a] Vertical Take-Off Hover Land Jet Aerial Terrestrial Transport (Or, VTOHLJATT).”

Or maybe it’s a Doctor Who prop.

(Either way, we’re pretty certain we’re not type-rated for it.)

More Reader-Submitted Pictures …
Hungry for more? Be sure to check out the “POTW” slideshow on our home page for a dozen or so extra pics we didn’t have room to include here.

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

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

A Reminder About Copyrights:
Please take a moment to consider thesource 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 indeedauthorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you’re uncertain,consult thePOTWRules ororsend us an e-mail.