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NORAD Tracks Santa’s Route

December 24, 2009 - 1:31 PM | by: Faith Mangan

Santa Claus and his reindeer are airborne, delivering presents to children around the world, but he is not alone.  North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is the military command responsible for scanning the skies for airborne threats and… the man in the red suit.  Last week, Santa visited Peterson Air Force base in Colorado for a classified briefing on how his route will be kept safe.  Satellite systems, high-powered radars and jet fighters are all resources that are at the ready.  Some 1,200 volunteers total are expected to cover two hour shifts answering phone and e-mail inquiries in multiple languages.  Live updates will also be provided on the NORAD Tracks Santa Web Site, plus the social networks of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr and  It’s an annual tradition started by accident back in 1955.  A Sears-Roebuck newspaper ad promising the whereabouts of Santa misprinted the phone number.  Instead, kids got the NORAD predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command.  Colonel Harry Shoup directed all his staff that day to answer every one of those calls.

For more information about NORAD Tracks Santa, visit  The phone number is 877-HI-NORAD (877-446-6723).

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