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.


The volume of “POTW” submissions that arrive in our boxeach week continues to fluctuate as the weather warms up here in theU.S. – but, by happy coincidence, every time the number of photosdrops off, the quality goes through the roof. This week wasno exception, with only 54 photos finding their way to us.Thankfully, there’s no shortage of oohs and ahs in thisweek’s batch, starting with a fantastic (if unsettling) weather photofrom Philip Clifton ofRaleigh, North Carolina. (Do yourself a favor and click through toview Philip’s photo full-size – there was just too much majesty to fitinto our tiny little “winner” box here.)

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Used with permission of Philip Andrew Clifton

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Used with permission of Henry Morgan

Nature Still Holds Air Superiority

Philip Clifton ofRaleigh, North Carolina took our breath away with this reminder thatyes, we are small and fragile in the face of the weather. As youmay have guessed, lots of pilots were grounded this Friday evening, but,Philip writes, “as a consolation, I had the opportunity to capturesome fine aircraft with lightning in the background.”

And because we can never pass up an opportunity to point out similarthemes, check out the photo to the right, taken by Henry Morgan of Ranger, Texas on a stormy night overAbilene’s ABI.

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copyright Jay Honeck
Used with permission


Jay Honeck of Iowa City, Iowa wokeup to the sounds of an interesting formation at this year’s Sun’ n Fun.”As you can see, these crazy guys were doing quite a formation – with a DC-3?-at, what, 60′ AGL? It really woke us up!”

Hey, we know that DC-3 – it’s the Herpa plan fromIncredible Adventures, who were kind enough to give us a ride duringthe show!

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copyright U.S. Air Force/NASA
Used with permission of World Space Expo

USAF Thunderbirds Over NASA

The fabulous Thunderbirds fly over Kennedy Space Center as part of thepreparation for NASA’s World Space Expo in November. According toWSE’s Ian Murphy, this is theThunderbirds first Kennedy fly-over in 31 years.

Photo by U.S. Air Force Technical Sgt. Justin D. Pyle.

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Used with permission of John Sperling

Sunset at 7G8

Tim Connor of Kirtland, Ohio fliesus out this week, in one of the most amazing landscape photos we’vereceived in years.

Do you enjoy spotting the themes as much as we do? “This was takenat sunset just after a good thunderstorm passed through the area,”according to Tim.

Hankering for more pictures? Point your favoriteweb browser at AVweb’s home pageand you’ll see lots more photos that we just couldn’t fit in here!

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.