Scouring the information super airways can sometimes be a tough,
if educational, task for the Aero-News staff... but it also allows
us to check out some truly neat and exciting sites, so it's not
that bad a gig. On any given day, we may check dozens (and often
hundreds) of different sources for story ideas, and facts
confirmation. And, as is the nature of our business, much of this
is done on the Internet.
The ANN gang decided we probably shouldn't keep some of the neat
sites, info resources, and organizations we've discovered to
ourselves... so we decided to bring you Aero-Linx. These are the
sites that WE check out -- when we need added perspective, a new
spin on a day's topic... or just want to escape into
cyber-aero-space for awhile.
Look for some of our favorite sites, coming each day to ANN via
Suggestions for future Aero-Linx segments are always
welcome, as well.
Aero-Linx: NORAD Tracks
For more than 50 years, NORAD and its predecessor, the
Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) have tracked Santa’s
Christmas Eve flight.
The tradition began in 1955 after a Colorado Springs-based Sears
Roebuck & Co. advertisement for children to call Santa
misprinted the telephone number. Instead of reaching Santa, the
phone number put kids through to the CONAD Commander-in-Chief's
operations "hotline." The Director of Operations at the time,
Colonel Harry Shoup, had his staff check the radar for indications
of Santa making his way south from the North Pole. Children who
called were given updates on his location, and a tradition was
In 1958, the governments of Canada and the United States created
a bi-national air defense command for North America called the
North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as NORAD,
which then took on the tradition of tracking Santa.
Since that time, NORAD men, women, family and friends have
selflessly volunteered their time to personally respond to
Christmas Eve phone calls and emails from children. In addition, we
now track Santa using the internet. Last year, millions of people
who wanted to know Santa's whereabouts visited the NORAD Tracks