Yet another new design version of Santa’s sleigh has been sent to Sector 1.
Today, Sunday October 23rd, is a rare day off in the flight schedule. Pilots, reindeer and flight crew are in the Philippines taking a day off while the new sleigh version is sent there before test flights resume tomorrow.
Version 7 of Santa’s sleigh will focus on speed improvements that engineers and designers have been working on the past several weeks.
It is anticipated at that over the next two weeks the focus will be on high speed tests. That is why the sleigh will be in Sector 1 – there is lots of open water over the Pacific.
That means the possibility for trackers to spot Santa’s sleigh, day or night, over the next couple of weeks is very slim – unless they happen to be out in a boat over random areas of the Pacific.
Word from the Sleigh Barn is that versions 8 and 9 are already being worked on. They are awaiting results of the test flights of the next few weeks before adjustments are made and the next version is sent for testing.
Many questions have been sent in about Dasher and Prancer. We are happy to report that they are healthy and doing very well. It is not yet known how long they will stay assigned to the test flight team. No other reindeer adjustments are anticipated at this time.