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The 1954 French flap:

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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.



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."


Possible hoax, possible helicopter.


(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


[---] 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.

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