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 love spotting trends and patterns among the photos thatmake their way into our “Picture of the Week” contest. This week,we’re serving up a large helping of Young Eagles photos – and not all ofthem feature fresh-faced youngsters taking their first flights.(Scratch that. Now that we think about it, they all dofeature fresh-faced youngsters taking first flights!) We’llkick off the festivities with one of the few non-Young Eagles photos wereceived this week, from the incredible BrianEmch.

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copyright Brian Emch
Used with permission

F-15E Strike Eagle Over Chino

Like last week’s winner, Brian Emchof Lancaster, California is a regular contributor to “POTW” who’sfinally made it to the top of the pile. We’ll be sending Brian ahard-earned AVweb baseball cap in the next couple of days – thenhe can get back to work taking heart-stopping action photos like thisone.

This particular shot, Brian tells us, came from the recent Chino Planesof Fame air show.

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Used with permission of Charles Foster

Harrison Ford Taking a Ride

Speaking of jets, Charles Foster ofBonham, Texas served up this candid shot of Young Eagles chairmanHarrison Ford strapping in for “the ride of his life in this Blue AngelF-18.” Charles tells us Ford “looked a little shaky when hereturned” – but who can blame him?

The real question, of course, is How do we rate a ride-alongwith the Blue Angels? We might even be willing to part with anAVweb hat, if that sweetens the pot for anyone … .

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Used with permission of Rene Covelli

Young Eagles

Rene Covelli of Cherry Hill, NewJersey brings us a whole different take on this week’s Young Eaglestheme. (Click through to thefull-sized version if you can’t make out the fresh-faced youngstershere.)

According to Rene, “they flew away the next day,” so we guess theirfirst flight did indeed get them hooked on aviation.

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copyright Norm Schultze
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Fleet on the Grass

Norm Schultze of San Antonio, Texaswrites, “The Fleet, the grass, and the sign [at Old Kingsbury Aerodrome]combined for a real Golden Age moment.” We couldn’t agree more,and we’re glad Norm has his camera handy.

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Used with permission of Craig Muth

Mk 26 Spitfire at Dusk

Craig Muth of Mulberry, Floridaflies us home this week, with a photo of “my friend Allen’s Mk 26Spitfire, ready for another sortie in Queensland.”

No Young Eagles in this one, but there are more to be found in our “POTW”slideshow this morning! If you want more, click through to theAVweb home pageand check it out.

To enter next week’s contest,click here.

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 orsend us an e-mail.