Aircraft of the Month: Santa's Sleigh


Santa’s Sleigh has been a leader and pioneer in green aircraft technology since the beginning. Powered solely by reindeer, this fast, light weight aircraft is able to travel around the globe in mere hours, delivering toys to boys and girls as they sleep. The sleigh’s design allows Santa to take off and land in deep snow, but it has been reported that there is often a distinctive clatter that arises upon landing.


Operators: St. Nicholas (Santa Claus)

Manufacturer: Elves Workshop

Vitals: Flies like the down of a thistle

Country: North Pole

First Flight: Unknown, however it is presumed that numerous models of the aircraft have been produced over the centuries.

Fuel Capacity: n/a

Maximum Altitude: Unknown, although pictures obtained from North American Air Defense (NORAD) seem to indicate a lack of pressurization, which may limit the Sleigh to altitudes below 3,000 metres (10,000 feet).

Operating Range: 40,075 km/ the circumference of the Earth, however the aircraft takes-off and lands every few rooftops.

Crew: 1 pilot, Santa Claus.

Cruise Speed: Blink of an eye

Engine: 8-Reindeer thrust, although on a foggy Christmas Eve an additional reindeer may be added.

Height: 55 candy canes (according to NORAD)

Length: 75 candy canes (according to NORAD)

Passenger Capacity: None

Did You Know?

This Christmas Eve, you can track Santa’s progress with Norad's Santa Tracker

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