U.S. President Barack Obama boogies with Santa Clause during the National Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 4, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Photo by Chris Kleponis/UPI/pool | License Photo
"We really don't want to compare Santa's sleigh to a C-130, but what we can confirm is that Santa's sleigh is a versatile, all weather, multi-purpose, vertical short-take-off and landing vehicle," a NORAD representative told Business Insider. "It is capable of traveling vast distances without refueling and is deployed, as far as we know, only Dec. 24 (and sometimes briefly for a test flight about a month before Christmas)."
Designer & Builder: K. Kringle & Elves, Inc.
Probable First Flight: Dec. 24, 343 A.D.
Home Base: North Pole
Length: 75 cc (candy canes) / 150 lp (lollipops)
Width: 40 cc / 80 lp
Height: 55 cc / 110 lp
Note: Length, width and height are without reindeer
Weight at takeoff: 75,000 gd (gumdrops)
Passenger weight at takeoff: Santa Claus 260 pounds
Weight of gifts at takeoff: 60,000 tons
Weight at landing: 80,000 gd (ice & snow accumulation)
Passenger weight at landing: 1,260 pounds
Propulsion: Nine (9) rp (reindeer power)
Armament: Antlers (purely defensive)
Fuel: Hay, oats and carrots (for reindeer)
Climbing speed: One "T" (Twinkle of an eye)
Max speed: Faster than starlight
NORAD has been tracking Santa yearly ever since 1955, when the phone number for its predecessor, the Continental Air Defense Command, was mistakenly printed in a Sears Roebuck & Co. advertisement and labeled as the telephone number for children to call Santa.