Episode 27: The Flying Santas Who Airdrop Christmas Cheer to America’s Lighthouse Keepers

In the 1920s, one aviation pioneer launched a thank-you project for the families that keep coastal ships safe. He propelled a goodwill tradition that’s lasted longer than he ever imagined. One that has lasted to this day… Have you ever heard of the Flying Santas?



I’d like to give a huge thanks to the Friends of Flying Santa for their dedication and generosity in keeping this good-will tradition alive. If you’d like to donate to this wonderful cause, please visit their website at https://www.flyingsanta.com/Donations.html.

This story first appeared on Narratively.


The Origins and History of the Flying Santa; Tague, Brian, Friends of Flying Santa; Retrieved November 2018.

No Reindeer Necessary; DownEast Magazine; December 2015.

The Flying Santa of Coastal New England; New England Historical Society; Retrieved November 2018.

History of Owls Head Light, Maine; D’Entremont, Jeremy; New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide; Retrieved November 2018.