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Santa Gets a Lift

Santa Gets a Lift. Image number: NASM-2A49392

The good girls and boys of the Coast Guard Air Station Brooklyn get a visit from Santa, December 1944. Santa’s getting a lift on a Coast Guard HNS-1, the naval version of the Sikorsky R-4, the first helicopter to see active service with the U.S. armed forces.

We’ve mentioned St. Nick’s interest in non-reindeer powered transportation concepts here during previous Christmas seasons. Hoping that Santa makes a timely delivery to your home via copter, blimp, balloon, or the good old-fashion sleigh, the staff and volunteers of the National Air and Space Museum wish that all of our readers, visitors and friends have a fine holiday season.

Allan Janus is a museum specialist in the National Air and Space Museum’s Archives Division.

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