Golfer Arnold Palmer, who has owned a Learjet, several Cessna Citations and travels in a Citation X, took his last flight as a pilot on Jan. 31 when he flew from Palm Springs to Orlando.
His license expired that day, and Palmer, 81, opted not to have it renewed, according to Golf Digest.
“I’ll still be flying in my plane as much as always, just not in the cockpit,” Palmer told Golf Digest. “Flying has been one of the great things in my life. It’s taken me to the far corners of the world. I met thousands of people I otherwise wouldn’t have met. And I even got to play a little golf along the way.”
Palmer will still travel in his jet, however, but as a passenger, the magazine said.
Palmer, who piloted his first airplane in 1956, has been a frequent visitor to Wichita over the years. He took delivery of Cessna’s first Citation X business jet in 1996.
According to Golf Digest, in 1976, Palmer circumnavigated the globe in a Lear 36 in less than 58 hours, setting a speed record that still stands.
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