Santa's annual flight over Billings is now a fond memory of yore.
The Blain family announced on Monday that its annual flight of a lighted Santa and sleigh with reindeer will be retired this year.
Since the 1980s, the Blain family, which owns Billings Flying Service with a fleet of choppers and planes, has used a helicopter to tow a lighted St. Nick in his sleigh with a pair of reindeer in the dark sky above the Billings area on Christmas Eve.
It's been a couple years since Billings residents last saw the display. The practice, which became a well-known Christmas tradition through the years, happened as weather permitted.
Last year, the flight was grounded. High winds during a storm last winter severely damaged the light display and grounded the annual flyover.
This year, the Blain family announced to the Billings Christmas Lights web page that they were grounding Santa and his sleigh for good, retiring the display.