Photography by Ian L. Sitren

Operation Santa Claus

Yesterday Santa arrived at the Palm Springs Air Museum and even brought Mrs. Claus along to meet all the kids. Actually “Operation Santa Claus” started during the Berlin Airlift in 1948. The Soviet Union had blocked access to Western Sectors of Berlin cutting off food and supplies to the population. The Western Allies began an airlift of supplies with over 200,000 flights in just one year alone.

Then on December 20, 1948 “Operation Santa Claus” flew Christmas gifts to 10,000 Berlin children. The C-47 aircraft like this one was one of the primary aircraft used to bring supplies to the people of Berlin. The Palm Springs Air Museum is very proud to continue this tradition of bringing Santa Claus to the kids, traveling on an original C-47 aircraft.

Santa Arriving In His C-47 "What's Up Doc?"

Santa waving to the crowd arriving at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Santa Arriving In His C-47 "What's Up Doc?"

Santa arriving at the Palm Springs Air Museum

Santa And Mrs. Claus Arriving In His C-47 "What's Up Doc?"

Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving at the Palm Springs Air Museum

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That moment when you have to decide what Santa should bring you.

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It really is snow at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

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