Santa's Sleigh

Cosmetic Decisions Await Santa’s Sleigh

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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While the test flights of Santa’s sleigh continue over the Pacific this week designers in the Research and Development Department are contemplating new colors for Santa’s sleigh this year.

The test flights focus on the function of Santa’s sleigh. But the final look of the sleigh, including the colors of it, are a last detail that many do not think about.

The truth is that they try to make Santa’s sleigh look unique every year.

Santa, as you know, loves the color red and it is always used on the sleigh in some way. Some years it is the dominating color, while other years red is more of an accent or a highlight.

Shades of red are used as well.

Elf Gerald Knudsen is a sleigh designer who specializes in paints and colors that are used on Santa’s sleigh. He tells me that he has already spoken with Santa about the look for this year’s sleigh and he’s very excited because for the first time Santa has agreed to let him try using the color black on the sleigh.

Gerald says most of the time the colors focus on red, dark green and gold. Some years he has been able to use white a little bit and once he was able to use the color purple. But never the color black.

Black will not be the primary color of the sleigh, Gerald says. It will be an accent color. But he feels black will allow the other colors of the sleigh, specifically the red and the gold, to take on more importance.

Gerald tells me his favorite design so far utilizes a black underside with dark green trimmed in gold on the sides. Then he said he’ll put “Santa red” on the front and the back. He also said lights this year will be something many will find surprising about Santa’s sleigh.

I’m not sure what he meant by that but I can tell you Elf Gerald knows what he is doing. Everyone goes to him for paint jobs. I know it will look awesome.

We’ll keep you posted.

Test Flights

Test Flights Could Begin in July

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Test flights of Santa’s sleigh could begin as early as July, according to North Pole Flight Command teams meeting with Santa. Several weeks ago the Department of Redundancy Department issued a warning that not enough time was being devoted to Santa’s sleigh this year which cause no small amount of upset in Flight Command.

Santa returned from the Elf Supervisor meetings in Costa Rica to find debate raging at Flight Command. Santa himself did not appear to have any concerns or opinions about the matter and seemed to be okay with the original schedule for test flights to begin the first week of September. But he met with those who issued the warning and with those in Flight Command responsible for the tests and it appears a compromise has been reached.

There are many details missing from this new plan, however.

For example, where are the reindeer needed to conduct these test flights? All of the reindeer have been absent from the North Pole since late January. Getting those test flight teams back early is going to require some effort that has not yet been talked about.

Likewise, test pilots for the flights need to be scheduled. We understand that several of the first team pilots are in the middle of re-scheduling their vacations in order to accommodate the new plan.

Will all this added effort actually help with the sleigh this year?

That remains to be seen.

I did check with the shop at the Research and Development Department and they reported that several prototypes of the new sleigh have been constructed and are ready to fly as soon as teams can be put together.

We will keep you updated.

New Sleigh

New Sleigh, Old Design

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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A new sleigh will be built for Santa in 2022 but it will re-use the design developed last year, it was announced today.

Santa’s record-breaking flight from last Christmas is largely the reason for this decision. Santa met with design teams and flight analysts over the past several weeks to discuss the sleigh’s flaws and room for improvement. It was decided that the sleigh performed at such a high level that not many design changes would be needed.

That means the plans and the timeline for the development of Santa’s new sleigh for 2022 will be very different than in year’s past.

Last year, the first four months of the year were busy with design prototypes. Santa and the Research and Development Department spent so much time evaluating different designs that a test flight schedule had to be started in early June. That will not be necessary this year.

While a new test flight schedule has not yet been set it is expected that test flights of Santa’s sleigh for 2022 will begin much later this year.

We will keep you posted of the details of construction of Santa’s new sleigh. In the meantime, Santa’s sleigh from last year has been moved to the North Pole Sleigh Museum. Visitors will be able to see the new sleigh exhibit beginning in March.

Test Flights Resume

Test Flights Resume

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Elf Meg graduated from Southern North Pole University with a degree in journalism. For several years she was a star reporter for the North Pole Gazette and then briefly served as a producer for North Pole Radio News. She brings her experience in media to North Pole Flight Command, serving as both an Elf News Reporter for North Pole Radio News and Managing Editor of North Pole Flight Command.com
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Test flights resume over Sectors 4 and 5 this week with desert areas being a focus, for some reason. North Pole Flight Command says the nature of these flights is “classified” and will not reveal exactly where they are headed or why.

We have been informed however that test flights will be scheduled for later in November that focus on tracker training. More details of these events will be shared at SantaTrackers.net for qualified tracker elves.

As the North Pole gears up for Operation Merry Christmas it should be noted that the test flight crew and sleigh design teams will actually start winding down their efforts for the season. A modified long-range schedule of test flights in December reveal that most flight will be done around the 18th of December, at which time Santa’s sleigh will return to the North Pole for cosmetic finishing.

A final test flight of Santa’s sleigh is scheduled just hours before Santa actually launches for himself.