County to dedicate air show to native son Arnold Palmer

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 12, 2016 12:58 PM


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This 2004 file photo shows former Masters champion Arnold Palmer as he sits on clubhouse railing at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. Palmer, who made golf popular for the masses with his hard-charging style, incomparable charisma and a personal touch that made him known throughout the golf world as "The King," died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Pittsburgh. He was 87.

(LATROBE) -- A Pennsylvania county plans to dedicate its air show to native son Arnold Palmer.

The gold legend was chairman of the Westmoreland County Airport Authority when he died Sept. 25 at age 87.

The authority runs the Westmoreland County airport that was renamed for Palmer in 1999.

Now, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports the authority's annual air show will be dedicated to Palmer.

Although Palmer was best known as a champion golfer, he was also an accomplished pilot who remained active with the airport in Unity Township, which borders his hometown of Latrobe, about 40 miles east of Pittsburgh.

Palmer served with the authority from 1970 to 1984, then returned to its board in 1996.

The air show June 24-25 will feature the Navy's Blue Angels precision fighter jet team.

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