December 20, 2012
By Fort Rucker Public Affairs
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Dec. 20, 2012) — Officials at the U.S. Army Aviation Museum have set up a display showing the original flight jacket of Warrant Officer Christopher Kringle. The display tells the story of a young Santa Claus who went through flight school at Fort Rucker.
There isn’t much known about Kringle’s early days at Fort Rucker, but, according to museum officials, he was enrolled in flight school here and became the first and only student in the Department of Reindeer Avionics. He graduated first in his class and earned the only set of reindeer wings ever awarded
The display can be viewed at the museum throughout the holiday season. The museum is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed Sundays.