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."


We love spring!  And (quite frankly) it doesn’t have much to do with warm weather, air shows, or sunny Saturday afternoons.  Nope.  For Team POTW, the best part of spring is the flood of new airplane photographs that make their way to our submission box.  This week, we had 112 new images to rifle through.  (That’s usually good for about 30 wows, 15 giggles, and 10 or soyikeses.)

Share your photos with the rest of us who love flying!  Submit themhere, and we’ll drool all over them, then run the best of the batch on AVweb.

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Used with permission of Bengt G. Olson

Another Controller

Bengt Olson of Hinds, Sweden brought a smile to our faces with this shot of "King Carl XII trying to direct a Finnair A321."  Despite some rather amazing photos that trickled in this week, we couldn’t stop snickering over Bengt’s creative image, and (at the end of the day) that made this our "Picture of the Week."

Bengt, we were tempted to send you an extra cap for King Carl there – but with your sense of humor, we couldn’t trust you not to put it on him.


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Used with permission of Kent Wien

Fire in the Belly

Kent Wien of Newfields, New Hampshire was "trying to get this DC-3 ready for a transcon flight this week.  We couldn’t leave today, but at least I was able to get this picture," writes Kent.


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Used with permission of Dirk Meinecke

F-111 High Speed Burn

Dirk Meinecke of Milson’s Point, New South Wales (Australia) sent inother amazing shots of this Royal Australian Air Force F-111 (andF-18A) showing off at the Avalon 2007 Air Show – but, being overgrown kids, we decided to go with the photos that featured fiery afterburners!  (Settle down, Beavis.)

* In the interest of accuracy, we should note that the afterburners aren’t actually on fire.  (They’re igniting the jet fuel dumped in their wake, a popular air show stunt that never fails to excite the crowd – and us.)


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Used with permission of Joe Muething

Jimmy Wedell with One of His Wedell-Williams Racers, 1933

"This picture was taken by my dad [Richard Muething] at Lunken Airport, Cincinnati in 1933," writesJoe Muething of St. Petersburg, Florida.  "Dad was a pilot in the ’40s and has been an aviation buff all his life.  At 94, he is still watching planes and keeping abreast of the latest aviation news."

Want more?  We had far too many great pics this week for you to miss the regular "POTW" slideshow on our home page. See the other photos here.

To enter next week’s contest, click here.

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 thePOTW Rules orsend us an e-mail.