In 1925 Santa Claus traded-in his sleigh for an upgrade to the Goodyear blimp Pilgrim and he has been floating rather than sleighing ever since.
Pilgrim was the first advertising blimp operated by Goodyear and it was loaned to the old man of the North Pole to serve as the Santa Claus Express beginning in 1925.
The tradition of the Santa Claus Express has continued to the present day and now supports the U. S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
This year Santa received his latest sleigh upgrade, to Goodyear’s newest airship: a Zeppelin NT named Wingfoot One.
After reading the Air Ministry’s A.P. 2512 Sleigh MKI & MKII Pilot’s Notes, I can see why Santa traded the reindeer and sleigh for a blimp: http://www.avialogs.com/en/aircraft/santa-claus/a-p-2502-sleigh-mki-mkii-pilot-s-notes.html Santa’s switching to a blimp explains a lot. I’ve always wondered three things: 1. Why on Christmas Morning if there is snow on… Read more »
I always love your comments, Dagmara!
Thanks Dan. Now on a more serious note. About 12 years ago, I was attending a church service on Christmas Eve where the pastor in her (yes it was a female pastor and the service was held in at a Latvian Lutheran Church) sermon made this comment: “Was there really… Read more »
Hmmm… Santa… Pilgrim… this all looks too familiar!