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Photographers' choice: Best pictures of 2017

AOPA photographers bring the action and glamour of aviation to pilots through the association’s magazines, online publications, and social media channels. Air-to-air photo shoots, airshow action shots—AOPA’s photographers give their all to get the best photo. The photographers have combed through the thousands of pictures they took in 2017 to deliver you their top picks.

  • Aerial photography of a Daher TBM 930 over the San Gabriel mountains, flown by Barry Schiff and Ed Nigro. Owner Ed Nigro of Las Vegas, Nevada, took delivery of the aircraft that morning. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • A flying replica of Charles A. Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis." Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Two Alpha Jets of the Patrouille de France, the French national jet team, pass during a performance at Sun 'n Fun 2017, one of only a few of the team's U.S. shows. The team put on a dramatic flying display, accentuated with white, blue, and red smoke. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • A Fairchild 24 over Wilmington, North Carolina. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Kevin Kealy’s Piper Seneca II was one of the finest examples of that classic aircraft. Southern California’s reputation for good weather and beautiful landscapes didn’t disappoint us. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • SkyFire Consulting offers formal drone training to police and firefighters. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Some days at work are just better than others! Thanks to Phillips 66 Aerostar teammates Dave "Cupid" Monroe, Paul "Rocket" Hornick, Harvey "Boss" Meek, and Kathleen Al-Marhoon for a wonderful airshow aerobatic experience during EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Sid Ellner, an active pilot who trained in 'Panchito,' a B-25 Mitchell bomber restored and flown by the Delaware Aviation Museum, goes for a recurrent flight with pilots Calvin Peacock and AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines in Georgetown, Delaware, May 7, 2017. Photo by David Tulis.
  • The WACO YMF5-F, a modern radial engine biplane on floats. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • One lucky AOPA member will be awarded a Superior Super Cub, a completely refurbished Piper classic, in the AOPA Super Cub Sweepstakes. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Cherokee Six pilot Sandy Wirth and her sister Nancy Hunt view the total solar eclipse from the Madras Municipal Airport aircraft camping area, where hundreds of aviators and non aviators alike witnessed the phenomenon in Madras, Oregon. "This was the most incredible environment," said Wirth, who camped out under the stars to make sure she was in the perfect spot. Photo by David Tulis.
  • Eclipse 550 beneath the August total solar eclipse. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • Arnar Emilsson took AOPA Senior Photographer Mike Fizer on a tour of backcountry flying to Iceland’s glaciers, river valleys and mountain tops. The constant clouds on our trips provided dramatic backgrounds as this one where Anar lands his Super Cruiser SQ-12 on a gravel bar next to a glacial lake. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • After a frustrating day of shooting the Pilatus PC-12 in heavy smoke from the northern California fires, patience was rewarded with this phenomenon of wind-driven rivers of smoke appearing shortly after sunset. Photo by Mike Fizer.
  • The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • I've always admired the Beech Starship, but never expected to fly alongside one--until I was invited to Dallas by Raj and Suresh Narayanan. They own two of the four airworthy Starships in the United States, and were the subject of an article in the March 2017 AOPA Pilot Turbine Edition. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • Sometimes we get to see history being made. Frank Knapp, flying his highly modified "Lil Cub," set a new short-field landing distance May 13 at the 2017 Valdez Fly-In and STOL competition: 10 feet, 5 inches. That's going to be hard to beat. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • The Douglas A-4 Skyhawk. Photo by Chris Rose.
  • The enthusiasm of attendees at AOPA's fly-ins is infectious. On April 28, Bryan Fogle of Thousand Oaks, California, and his son, Elijah Fogle, 2, wave to a DJI Phantom landing in the drone cage at AOPA's Camarillo, California, Fly-In. Photo by Mike Collins.
  • Pat Mullen taxies his 1948 Navion past the setting sun at Catalina Island's Airport in the Sky during an inaugural fly-out hosted by the Cessna Pilots Society following the AOPA Fly-In at Camarillo, California, April 29. Photo by David Tulis.

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