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October 10, 1954, Dax, Landes:

Reference number for this case: 10-Oct-54-Dax. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacque Brucker, in their 1979 book "La Grande Peur Martienne" ("The Great Martian Scare"); which was intended to demonstrate that all French reports of 1954 were either misinterpretations or hoaxes, indicate that on October 11, 1954. the Sud-Ouest newspaper reported this observation of the day before, which is to them an example that the reported shapes were whimsical:

"A hunter in company of a comrade saw at rifle range a machine in the shape of a grand piano. On the top two glazed cupolas let filter verdigris gleams, on the sides, port-holes through which yellow rays filtered. At the back two kinds of exhaust pipes. The craft was motionless within 50 meters of them after a fulgurating descent, then made some circles and went away again vertically."

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The authors indicate that on October 11, 1954, the Sud-Ouest newspaper reported this observation of the day before, which is to them an example that the reported shapes were whimsical:

"A hunter in company of a comrade saw at rifle range a machine in the shape of a grand piano. On the top two glazed cupolas let filter verdigris gleams, on the sides, port-holes through which yellow rays filtered. At the back two kinds of exhaust pipes. The craft was motionless within 50 meters of them after a fulgurating descent, then made some circles and went away again vertically."

Explanations:

Possible hoax, possible helicopter.

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Dax, Landes, piano, exhaust, pipes, beams, yellow, green, maneuvers, circles, fast, hovering, vertical, cupolas, portholes

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 12, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 29, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.
1.2 Patrick Gross April 13, 2019 Addition of the Summary.

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