Aerial Banner Demands Removal of Paterno Statue

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  • STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A company that's towing a banner over Penn State demanding the removal of a Joe Paterno statue has a history of controversy, according to aviation records.

    A plane licensed to Air America Aerial Ads of Genoa, Ohio, flew over State College on Wednesday with a banner saying "Take the statue down or we will," according to the Centre Daily Times.

    The Federal Aviation Administration grounded a plane from the same company after it towed banners taunting Tiger Woods during the 2010 Masters golf tournament.

    A report last week concluded that Paterno helped cover up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

    A man who answered the phone at Air America declined to give his name or identify who paid for the flight, but he says they believe in free speech.
     

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