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October 16, 1954, Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Brive-la-Gaillarde. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. rbt1:] RENAUD BENOIST:

The author indicates that on October 16, 1954, the weather station of Chadrac in the Haute-Loire observed between 05:30 p.m. and 06:35 p.m. with the telescope a strange luminous craft having "the shape of a straight olive supporting at the top a black antenna". The professionals were able to observe it for a long time and found that it seemed to be in flaming aluminum, with at its two-thirds a black trace. "The station initially believed it was the planet Jupiter, but the object who was at 100° west suddenly changed color strangely to become intense red then disappeared completely. Many witnesses had observed it in several villages of the region, towards the Durande.

The observatory of Rueyres in the Cantal, the employees of the EDF of Brive-la-Gaillarde in the Corrèze and the inhabitants of Brioudes in the Haute-Loire also testified to this strange phenomenon.

[Ref. ubk1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541015 15.10.1954 Brive Gaillarde France 17.50


Probably the high altitude balloon that day.

One or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:



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Brive-la-Gaillarde, Corrèze


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