Sunday, December 25, 2005

Santa Enters Canadian Airspace

According to NORAD, Santa Claus has just arrived in Newfoundland and will be making his way across the country over the next few hours. I thought NORAD reported on Santa's progress simply because NORAD tracks all airspace incursions, but according to the history on the noradsanta site, there's another reason. Apparently, in 1955 a store misprinted a telephone number for kids to "call Santa" and Colonel Shoup, then commander-in-chief of NORAD predecessor CONAD received and accepted the calls, reporting on Santa's progress for the children of the nation.

I haven't noticed any Santa-related NOTAMs, PIREPs or other Canadian aviation data, but I'll check again in the morning. Good night!

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