Making an early and rare trip from the North Pole, Santa Claus flew into Beaufort County Airport on Dec. 17 to the delight of about 50 young and old kids alike. Asked to make this visit by the Beaufort Aviation Association, Santa accepted a flight piloted by the association’s Will Tucker. In addition to the association’s members and their families enjoying Santa’s visit were students and families from Beaufort High School. Those students have enrolled in the association’s Young Eagles program, which introduces 14- to 17-year-olds to the magic of flight. Photo provided.