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NORAD Keeping an Eye on Santa’s Progress

Thursday, December 24, 2015 @ 6:06 AM

(click on the map above to track Santa – links courtesy NORAD)

Once again, NORAD  will be keeping an eye on the radar, tracking Santa’s progress as he makes his way around the world.

This is a special anniversary for the program.  It was 60 years ago that  NORAD  first started this annual tracking event  all because of a misprint in an ad.  The ad  misprinted the phone number for children to  contact Santa,  so instead of reaching the big man in the red suit,  the phone number put  little ones  through to the  operations ‘hotline’ of  what was then the Continental Air Defense ( later NORAD).NTS-60th-Anniversary-logo-hires

The Director of Operations at the time, Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was born.

( click on logo at right to  reach NORAD Santa website)

In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created a bi-national air defense command for North America called the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD, which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.

As of  3 am PST  this morning,  those who  are  tracking Santa, can speak with a live phone operator to find out where Santa is located by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an email to noradtrackssanta@outlook.com . Any time on Dec. 24, Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa’s location, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to find Santa.

Once Santa reaches Canadian airspace he will be escorted by pilots Captain Andrew Jakubaitis and Captain Pierre-David Boivin from 3 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Que.

As Santa makes his way west, pilots Lieutenant-Colonel William Radiff from 4 Wing/Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake Alberta and Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Bortnem of the U.S. Air Force will escort Santa and the reindeer.

“The men and women of the Canadian NORAD Region keep watchful eyes over North American airspace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” says Major General David Wheeler, “It’s a great responsibility to ensure Santa’s safe passage around North America so that he can continue his journey of goodwill and cheer; and we’re honoured to celebrate 60 successful years of this gratifying mission.”

By visiting the  NORAD site,  little folks can  visit  the North Pole,  play some games,  and learn more about  NORAD.


Merry Christmas to one and all at 250News! And to all who post here, while we sometimes agree and other times disagree, to all of you and yours, a very Merry Christmas!

From my heart to yours, Merry Christmas!

Hart Guy :-)

Got my laugh of the year this morning when a friend sent a link to today’s court docket. Only in Prince George would Mary Joseph find herself in the Gray Bar Hotel for trying to obtain accommodation on Christmas Eve. There are stables in the exibition grounds after all;D

“For the Session Commencing at 9:30 AM

Joseph, Mary Indiya RIC CCC 364 1 fraudulently obtaining

Merry Christmas to all!

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