COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo – NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will once again track Santa Claus tonight as he makes his trip around the world. NORAD and its predecessor, CONAD – the Continental Air Defense Command, have tracked Santa since 1955.
U-S Air Force Captain Katie Spencer says the men and woment at NORAD don’t know Santa’s exact path, but do their best to predict where the man in red will go next – relying on fighter jets, technology and “Santa Cams” to see just where he and his reindeer are their 24-hour, 91,000 mile journey.
Captain Spencer says it began when a newspaper ad for the Sears store in Colorado Springs, NORAD’s hometown, misprinted the telephone number for children to call Santa. Instead of reaching Santa, giving instead the CONAN operations hotline.
Director of Operations Colonel Harry Shoup told his staff, in the spirit of the holiday. to check the radar for indications of Santa making his way south from the North Pole and children who called were given updates on his location.
Captain Spencer says more than 1,500 volunteers will give their time tonight to answer phone calls and emails from kids around the world.
To find out where Santa is on his trip you call 1-877-HI-NORAD (446-6723) or you can email email@example.com