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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, between Camaret and Serignan, Hérault:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lp1] "LE PROVENCAL" NEWSPAPER:

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An unknown machine located
in the sky by the observatory
of the Mount Ventoux

Orange (C.P.)

The observatory of the Mont-Ventoux announces that since this morning 8 a.m. in the East - North - East, in the direction of Orange, an unknown craft passes in the sky.

This apparatus has all the form of an ovoid with two superimposed cones connected by a kind of antenna.

It appeared to evolve/move very slowly at a 4.000 meters height, at approximately two kilometers from the station.

It is thought that it is a sounding device; which one could observe with leisure until 5 p.m.

After what it disappeared.

In addition, many farmers occupied with the agricultural work, between Camaret and Serignan, stated to have seen a "shining object" in the sky. They were unable to identify it.

The object had a lengthened form and seemed to change color, passing from the red to the green and conversely.

This appearance could be the same one as that announced by the military observatory of the Mont-Ventoux to the airport of Marignane.

Explanations:

This was likely another observation of the high altitude balloon spotted that day from the Mont Ventoux observatory.

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:

Photo

Keywords:

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Camaret, Serignan, Hérault, farmers, multiple, object, shining, lengthened, red, green, change of color

Sources:

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