Bogey!

NORAD is again tracking a large, red-suited man riding a flying sleigh pulled by gravity-defying reindeer. For fifty years now, NORAD has tracked this apparition as he circumnavigates the world.

The US and Canadian military personnel has been keeping tabs on a strange object flying across the world tonight – Santa Claus. What’s more, they’ve been joined on the internet by millions of his believers thanks to Google.
They can follow Santa’s path online with a Google two-dimensional map or in 3D using Google Earth, where he can be seen flying through different landscapes in his sleigh.

But the tracking technology comes courtesy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) which monitors air and space threats against the U.S. and Canada.

The NORADSanta website is here. My wife and I heard a report about this on NPR this afternoon. She, despite being of the same generation as me had never heard of this 50 year old tradition. She was charmed. Our thanks to the men and women away from their families tonight who help make this happen. And thanks to all those who have gone before them.

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2 Responses to Bogey!

  1. We first started listening to this on the radio in the 70s, when I was in high school and my nephews and nieces were little. The looks on their faces as they waited for each report were priceless.

  2. martian says:

    When I was an Air Traffic Controller in the Air Force, we used to do a radar tracking report on Christmas Eve for the local radio station in Goldboro, NC at Seymour Johnson AFB. I’m sure other bases around the country probably do so, as well.

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