Canadian NORAD Region announces Santa’s escort pilots and trackers

A man wearing a military uniform and a Santa hat, and carrying a large red sack over his shoulder, climbs a ladder towards the cockpit of a fighter aircraft.
Corporal Jonah Robitaille, an aviation systems technician working at 3 Air Maintenance Squadron at 3 Wing Bagotville, Quebec, is ready to support the CF-188 Hornet pilots who will escort Santa Claus through eastern Canadian airspace on the night of December 24, 2018. PHOTO: Master Corporal Steeve Picard, BN03-2018-0704-001

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In honour of the North American Aerospace Defence Command’s (NORAD) 63rd year of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey from the North Pole, the Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) has named its escort pilots, maintainers and tracking crews for the high-profile assignment.

“The men and women of NORAD keep a watchful eye over the airspace of Canada and the United States 24 hours a day, a duty we are proud to carry out,” said Major-General Christian Drouin, the commander of 1 Canadian Air Division and CANR. “Each year, we take on an additional, but very special responsibility—employing the same technology and systems we use to defend our two countries, to track Santa’s passage and escort him on his journey throughout North America.


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