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Small planes fly Christmas cheer to remote Va. island

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TANGIER ISLAND, Va. — When they heard the buzz of planes, Tangier Island children ran to the tiny airport, where the runway is so close to the water that the planes get dashed by salt spray. They sat at the edge of the tarmac, huddled against the wind off the Chesapeake Bay, backing away as the first plane bumped in.

But when they saw the flash of red and furry white in the window, they clasped hands and stared open-mouthed or jumped up and yelled, “Santa Claus!”

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