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Guide 2 Christmas   >   Santa's Sleigh

Santa's Sleigh

Santa's sleigh is the vehicle that Santa Claus uses to deliver Christmas presents around the world on the night of Christmas Eve.

Santa's sleigh is pulled by eight reindeer. It differs from most sleighs in that it does not travel on skis on the snow (except during take-off and landing), but instead flies.

However, saying Santa's sleigh flies is something of an understatement, as it is believed to be truly exceptional aircraft:
  • Santa's sleigh can travel extremely fast (so Santa Claus can deliver presents to children around the world in just one night).

  • It can carry extremely heavy loads (Santa Claus has a lot of presents to deliver).

  • It can take off and land, vertically when necessary - for example: many homes have extremely limited landing space on their roofs.
Exact technical specifications for Santa's sleigh are not available. However, based on our best estimates, below is a comparison of the Santa's sleigh performance to the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird which is the fastest jet aircraft yet built.

As you can see Santa Claus is not only a wonderful man who delivers presents to children around the world, but he is also a formidable aeronautical engineer!

  SR-71 Blackbird

SR-71 Blackbird
Santa's Sleigh
(Estimated Specification)

Santa's Sleigh
Manufacturer Lockheed Santa's Workshop
Number Built 32 1
First flight 22 December 1964 Unknown, possibly 4th Century AD
see Saint Nicholas
Users USAF, NASA Santa Claus
Crew 2 1
Powered by 2 Pratt & Whitney J58-1 jets 8 Reindeer
Maximum Speed 2,193 mph In excess of 10,000 mph
Service Ceiling 85,000 ft Unknown
Maximum Range 3,250 miles In excess of 25,000 miles
Fuel JP-7 high flashpoint jet fuel Carrots (for Reindeer)
Payload 3,500 lb Unlimited thanks to Santa's sack

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