Former Purdue softball player flying high Saturday for homecoming


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — When you think of a college graduate, what comes to mind? Celebration? Grad school? What about becoming a pilot for the U.S. Navy?

Tara Palmer is a Purdue graduate who has a love for engineering. Her plan was to go to into the Air Force to have a career that revolved around planes.

After the Air Force didn’t work out, she found herself becoming involved with the Navy, where she has worked her way up to a lieutenant rank and pilots jets for a living.

Between graduation and going into the Navy, Palmer took some time to give back to the sport she loved the most. She coached 14U softball teams in her home state of Texas.

Palmer will be flying over the Purdue homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 15, during the national anthem.