NORAD Tracks Santa.

In 1955 a Sears Roebuck newspaper ad to help kids call Santa gave the wrong number and instead put kids through to United States Continental Air Defence Command’s hotline. The Operations Director, Co. Harry Shoup, instructed his staff to check for Santa, and passed on the updates to the kids on the phone. When NORAD (North American Air Defence Command) took over the job, the tradition continued. Today, Santa is tracked by 47 installations around the world, and escorted into North American airspace by Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s.

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