Santa's coming in a Super Cub
Sometimes people have to find the joy in Christmas
even when circumstances are far from joyful.
Not long ago, Minnesota Pilots Association President,
Dr. Randle Corfman found himself in just such a
Having built a very close friendship with fellow
aviator, Ron Barrow, Corfman was highly impacted
when Ron was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
More devastating news came when Kathy, Barrow's
wife was diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
When the grievous circumstances arose, the couple
wanted to do something extra special for their 3-year
old grandson so the Barrows requested a special favor
"They wanted to do something special for Max,
their grandson," said Corfman, "so Ron asked me if
we might decorate my Super Cub (it is red and white,
and on skis) as Santa's Super Cub, then fly in to the
Lino Lakes Airpark and bring presents to Max and a
few of his little friends."
Corfman "got in touch with Santa," and made arrangements
for a special delivery that year, a tradition
that has since continued.
Sadly, the Barrows passed away. However, the
Santa's Super Cub tradition carries on in their honor.
Every year, about 20 people gather at Corfman's hangar
to decorate his aircraft, have hot chocolate, holiday
goodies, remember Ron and Kathy, and talk about aviation
and the Santa Project.
Santa's visits have expanded from Lino Lakes to
Park Rapids, and this year, to Buffalo where growing
numbers of parents and children will be graced with a
visit from Santa's Super Cub.
"Their eyes are full of joy and amazement," said
Corfman, who knows Santa personally. "Their mouths
are wide open with excitement about seeing Santa
The joy is not limited to children.
"Santa has many older folks who come up to him,
give him a hug and say. 'Santa we still believe in
you!'" said Corfman, who speaks with Santa regularly.
Three years ago, a 101-year-old woman attended
"She came up and said, 'Santa, I've been seeing
you every year for 101 years,'" said Corfman. "Santa
told her, 'I know. I look forward to seeing you every
In a day and age when 'too busy' are common
words, where does the doctor and president of the
Minnesota Pilots Association find time to arrange Santa's
"When there is something you believe in, you find
the time," said Corfman. "Besides, this is just a really