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(ABC News)   NORAD Santa tracker video reminds children that military gets much more expensive toys than they ever will   (abcnews.go.com ) divider line
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vpb [TotalFark]
2013-12-17 08:51:23 AM  
If I was at NORAD and I was about to retire, I would announce that the Air Force accidentally shot Santa down and issue an apology.

/Then invite everyone to the reindeer BBQ.
 
2013-12-17 08:55:35 AM  

vpb: If I was at NORAD and I was about to retire, I would announce that the Air Force accidentally shot Santa down and issue an apology.

/Then invite everyone to the reindeer BBQ.


Right.  Like the Air Force can actually hit anything.
 
2013-12-17 10:13:56 AM  

dittybopper: vpb: If I was at NORAD and I was about to retire, I would announce that the Air Force accidentally shot Santa down and issue an apology.

/Then invite everyone to the reindeer BBQ.

Right.  Like the Air Force can actually hit anything.


Hey, AIR POWER.
Amirite?

/I keed, I keed.
 
2013-12-17 10:16:06 AM  
When a private citizen can afford to send up one of these...

cdn.historycommons.org

...then feel free to bring us all the military-free Santa tracking you want.
 
2013-12-17 10:26:05 AM  

vpb: If I was at NORAD and I was about to retire, I would announce that the Air Force accidentally shot Santa down and issue an apology.

/Then invite everyone to the reindeer BBQ.


Dick Cheney works at NORAD now?
 
2013-12-17 10:29:49 AM  
They're Canadian Air Force CF-18s, with a large external fuel tank under the belly that might look like a bomb. The wing racks that would carry bombs or missiles are empty, he explained.

So what you're saying is they still have a 20mm M61A1 Vulcan Cannon with a 578 round magazine to dispatch of busy-body naysayers?
 
2013-12-17 10:41:18 AM  

Wrath of Heaven: They're Canadian Air Force CF-18s, with a large external fuel tank under the belly that might look like a bomb. The wing racks that would carry bombs or missiles are empty, he explained.

So what you're saying is they still have a 20mm M61A1 Vulcan Cannon with a 578 round magazine to dispatch of busy-body naysayers?


That's what I was thinking. Additionally, what the hell good is an unarmed escort?

If NORAD really wanted to troll they'd show Chinese J-10s doing the escort. They made most of the shiat in the sleigh anyway.
 
2013-12-17 10:46:22 AM  
sitelife.aviationweek.com

Santa will never leave General George "Wrinkle A$$" Winkleman socks for Christmas again.
 
2013-12-17 10:52:12 AM  

S.A.S.Q.U.A.T.C.H.: When a private citizen can afford to send up one of these...

[cdn.historycommons.org image 315x173]

...then feel free to bring us all the military-free Santa tracking you want.


You know they don't use them to track Santa, right?    They don't have enough.

The surface of the earth is 510,072,000 km2.

An AWACS flying at 11,000 meters altitude can cover a radius of 4.2*SQR(11,000) = 440 kilometers, which is a circular area of 3.14159265 * 4402 = 608,212 km2

Thus, it would actually take 510,072,000 / 608,212 =  approximately 839 AWACS planes to provide full coverage.  Probably more, because you'd want some overlap.

No, they don't use AWACS to track him.   It's literally impossible, given that the US only has 32 of them.

Because Santa moves so fast, he generates enough friction that the conventional infrared early warning satellites allow NORAD to track him:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defense_Support_Program

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space-Based_Infrared_System
 
2013-12-17 10:53:59 AM  
So who protects Santa when he travels the rest of the world? Is there something about the United States that he is at such risk he's needs military protection?
 
2013-12-17 10:56:32 AM  

edmo: So who protects Santa when he travels the rest of the world? Is there something about the United States that he is at such risk he's needs military protection?


It's just something cool and kinda badass to do.

It's also just for kids. Don't put too much thought into it, or you'll end up making retarded posts like yours in public.
 
2013-12-17 10:59:01 AM  

sure haven't: edmo: So who protects Santa when he travels the rest of the world? Is there something about the United States that he is at such risk he's needs military protection?

It's just something cool and kinda badass to do.

It's also just for kids. Don't put too much thought into it, or you'll end up making retarded posts like yours in public.


Merry Christmas to you too
 
2013-12-17 11:03:14 AM  
The Air Force wishes they could track Santa. He flies low, mostly wood so low radar profile, and since he can get to every roof in one night he must travel at relativistic speeds.
 
2013-12-17 11:09:00 AM  

wildcardjack: The Air Force wishes they could track Santa. He flies low, mostly wood so low radar profile, and since he can get to every roof in one night he must travel at relativistic speeds.


Not *EVERY* roof.  He doesn't visit Jews, Muslims, Hindus, poor kids, etc.
 
2013-12-17 11:15:00 AM  
some don't get it...

this answers the kid question of "what if someone tries to shoot him?"
 
2013-12-17 11:17:02 AM  
Is this what Norad was busy doing during 9/11.
 
2013-12-17 11:22:48 AM  

WTP 2: some don't get it...

this answers the kid question of "what if someone tries to shoot him?"


Something is very wrong with your culture if your children have fears that the magical man who brings them gifts is going to be shot.
 
2013-12-17 11:25:17 AM  
Looks like the graphics have been updated to 2001-quality.
 
2013-12-17 11:30:03 AM  

wildcardjack: The Air Force wishes they could track Santa. He flies low, mostly wood so low radar profile, and since he can get to every roof in one night he must travel at relativistic speeds.


I figure the guy has a transponder with a special coded setting... IFF style. That means no worries about radar coverage or mistaking him for KAL 007 over Kamchatka.
 
2013-12-17 11:30:19 AM  
Why don't they just give Santa access to the Stargate?
 
2013-12-17 11:37:44 AM  
en.ria.ru

If Santa wants to play reindeer games in our airspace again this year, we're ready for him.
 
2013-12-17 11:42:45 AM  
If they wanted to go ULTIMATE TROLL, they should have had Santa flanked by drones....
 
2013-12-17 11:46:19 AM  
I sit with my daughter and watch the plot. Then I tell her that NORAD just sent up some F-106 Interceptors to take the commie down.
 
2013-12-17 11:52:20 AM  
i.imgur.com
 
2013-12-17 12:13:41 PM  

flynn80: Is this what Norad was busy doing during 9/11.


Yes, because that year christmas was in September.
 
2013-12-17 12:14:57 PM  
. . . and that Mom and Dad would have much more money for toys if the military stopped wasting money on stupid shiat.
 
2013-12-17 12:26:11 PM  

lilbjorn: . . . and that Mom and Dad would have much more money for toys if the military stopped wasting money on stupid shiat.


Less money, actually.  Because Dad works for a military contractor.
 
2013-12-17 12:27:37 PM  
Never too early for subliminal military recruiting!
 
2013-12-17 12:41:48 PM  
 
2013-12-17 12:51:41 PM  
oukewldave

Never too early for subliminal military recruiting!

Just because you notice something like that, doesn't mean you have to post it online.

Don't ruin traditional America.
 
2013-12-17 12:54:24 PM  

edmo: sure haven't: edmo: So who protects Santa when he travels the rest of the world? Is there something about the United States that he is at such risk he's needs military protection?

It's just something cool and kinda badass to do.

It's also just for kids. Don't put too much thought into it, or you'll end up making retarded posts like yours in public.

Merry Christmas to you too


Sorry, I thought you were being more sarcastic than that. Evidently you were just making a joke.

:/
 
2013-12-17 01:23:43 PM  
Somebody's sphincter just a little too tight.
 
2013-12-17 02:40:20 PM  
stuffy

Somebody's sphincter just a little too tight.

They said it grew three sizes that day.
 
2013-12-17 02:55:54 PM  

studebaker hoch: stuffy

Somebody's sphincter just a little too tight.

They said it grew three sizes that day.


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