NORAD Names Santa’s Canadian Escort Pilots and Crews

By Sarah Klein

NORAD will begin tracking Santa on December 24 and feed live updates on his location to their website. (YOUTUBE)
NORAD will begin tracking Santa on December 24 and feed live updates on his location to their website. (YOUTUBE)

WINNIPEG — NORAD has named Santa trackers and escort pilots to ensure the jolly old elf has a safe flight when arriving into Canadian airspace.

Trackers from the Canadian North American Aerospace Defence Command Region (CANR) will be pilots from 3 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Que — Captain Denis “Cheech” Beaulieu,” and Captain Steven “Bunt” Nierlich. CF-18 Hornet Crew Chiefs supporting the Bagotville escort pilots are Corporal Daniel Boucher, and Corporal Marc-Andre David.

Santa escort pilots from 4 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake, Alta. are Major Yanick “Crank” Gregoire, and Captain Thomas “Toast” McQueen. Crew Chiefs supporting the Cold Lake escort pilots are Corporal Sébastien Morin and Corporal Andrew Shields.

The public can track Santa’s flight on December 24 beginning at 12:01 a.m. MST using NORAD’S “Santa Cams” and following along through social media (@noradsanta) and on noradsanta.org. Worldwide trackers will also begin accepting calls on Santa’s status at 4 a.m. MST on the 24th at 1-877-HI-NORAD (1-877-446-6723).

Windows Phone users can ask Cortana for Santa’s location, and OnStar subscribers can press the OnStar button in their vehicles to find Santa any time on December 24.


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