Santa hitchhikes on a Navy training flight to spread some holiday cheer

Dave Ress, The Virginian-Pilot

Lt. Cmdr. Carey Vincent, a flight surgeon assigned to Naval Station Norfolk’s Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 2 hopped onto a training flight Saturday to spread some pre-holiday happiness.

The MH-60S Knighthawk did the rounds over Hampton Roads on Saturday at about 500 feet.

Usually, the squadron brings Santa to its hangar to hand out presents to children of the unit’s sailors. The pandemic made that impossible this year, so Vincent tied on on a pillow, donned a red suit and beard — and a flight helmet — before strapping himself in the back of the helicopter.

Dave Ress, 757-247-4535,