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Santa Claus’s Original Sleigh “Santa One” unveiling is this Wednesday, Dec. 1 at San Diego Air & Space Museum during Special Holiday Ceremony

Santa’s recently retired “Santa One” – the most famous and earliest flying aircraft of all time – has been refreshed by the Museum’s World Famous Restoration Team for display in the Museum’s Rotunda through Christmas and New Year’s.

Santa’s recently retired “Santa One” – the most famous and earliest flying aircraft of all time – has been refreshed by the Museum’s World Famous Restoration Team for display in the Museum’s Rotunda through Christmas and New Year’s.

San Diego, CA – Santa Claus’ recently retired original sleigh “Santa One” – the most famous aircraft of all time, which he personally flew round the world every Christmas Eve delivering toys to children – now resides at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, its permanent home beginning, at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, the Museum announced today.  Santa specifically chose San Diego and the Air & Space Museum, where young boys and girls can visit it often…

“Santa One” has been lovingly restored in the Museum’s world-famous restoration shop and includes bright red paint and gold trim and lettering. “Santa One’s” placement in the San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Rotunda perfectly fits its historic aircraft collection.  The Holiday Ceremony, which highlights the “Santa One” Sleigh, also acknowledges Santa as perhaps the world’s oldest and greatest aviator of all time.

Visitors can view:

Santa’s original sleigh -- “Santa One” -- the World’s most famous aircraft

The patriotic America’s Christmas tree featuring a complete set of the 40 Official White House Christmas Ornaments provided by the White House Historical Foundation.

The Original copy of the first printing of “The Night Before Christmas” written by Professor CC Moore in Philadelphia in 1892.

(Graciously Provided By Seth Kaller, America’s Leading Rare Manuscript Dealer)

Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus have agreed to make a special trip down from the North Pole on Alaska Airlines to attend the “Santa One” unveiling ceremony!

“I am so thrilled to have a new home for my original “Santa One” and to have it so magnificently restored and displayed by the prestigious artisans at the San Diego Air & Space Museum,” said Santa.

Santa and Mrs. Claus, joined at the ceremony by the Grinch, and in the spirit of the Holidays, share the message ... “working together is better!”

“Santa One” on display at the Museum through the holidays, providing guests and their families with a truly unique and family-friendly photo opportunity this holiday season

The San Diego Air & Space Museum is California’s official air and space museum and education center. The Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and it was the first aero-themed Museum to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is located at 2001 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101. The Museum and gift store are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with admissions until 4:30 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

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