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October 15, 1954, Girac, Lot:

Reference number for this case: 15-Oct-54-Girac. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The newspaper L'Auvergnat de Paris, of Paris, reported on page 6 for October 23, 1954, that a sounding balloon had moved all day on October 15, 1954, in the blue sky of Haut-Quercy region; many people had mistaken it for a flying saucer, "but no Martian came down to help the tedders or the pickers."

Reports:

[Ref. lap1:] "L'AUVERGNAT DE PARIS" NEWSPAPER:

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GIRAC. - A sounding balloon moved all day long on October 15 in the blue sky of Haut-Quercy. Many took it for a flying saucer, but no Martian came down to help the tedders or the pickers.

Explanations:

It was indeed a balloon, a big high altitude balloon for cosmic rays study launched by the University of Padua in Italy.

See also what ufologist Aimé Michel said about it in 1958 and the 1968 note about it by ufologist Raymond Veillith.

The picture of the balloon by the observatory of Haute-Provence:

Keywords:

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Girac, Lot, weather balloon, balloon, daytime, mutiple

Sources:

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Document history:

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