This single-engine plane and the adjacent 1948 Buick automobile, displayed in Yuma, Arizona's, city hall, have a history together
In 1949, two pilots, Woody Jongeward and Bob Woodhouse flying in four-hour shifts kept the City of Yuma airplane aloft for a world-record 46 days in 1949 to help raise funds to reopen a local military airfield. Along the way from time to time, the airplane dipped alongside the convertible, floored to 80 miles an hour, and whichever aviator was off-duty dangled from the plane to kiss his wife, who was standing atop a platform in the speeding automobile. From the auto, too, up to 24 times a day, helpers handed up containers of fuel to keep the plane aloft.
Title, date and keywords based on information provided by the photographer.
Gift; Barbara Barrett; 2018; (DLC/PP-2018:112)
Forms part of Carol M. Highsmith's America Project in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive.
Credit line: Photographs in the Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.
In 2015, documentary photographer Carol Highsmith received a letter from Getty Images accusing her of copyright infringement for featuring one of her own photographs on her own website. It demanded payment of $120. This was how Highsmith came to learn that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters and charging fees to users of her images, which she had donated to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. In 2016, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty stating “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.” (more: http://hyperallergic.com/314079/photographer-files-1-billion-suit-against-getty-for-licensing-her-public-domain-images/)