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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Chadrac, Haute-Loire:

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




The weather station Albert Baldit in Chadrac (Haute-Loire) could observe yesterday evening from 05:50 p.m. to 06:35 p.m., with glasses, a luminous machine that appeared to have the shape of an olive supporting a black antenna at its top. Moreover, observers noted that the object that threw very shining reflections of aluminium had a black trace at its third and two thirds. The station believed to have identified at the beginning of its observations the planet Jupiter, the largest of our solar system. But this machine which compared to north was 100° west changed color, with the setting sun, to become red and disappear in two minutes. Several people made the same observations from the place of Breuil while looking towards the Durande. It does indeed seem that is was the same mysterious apparatus which was observed at the same hour by the observatory of Rueyres (Cantal), by an employee of EDF in Brives-la-Gaillarde and by the inhabitants of Brioude (Haute-Loire).


At 03:30 P.M., a lady of which we will conceal the name but of which we warrant that she is serious, informed her husband that she noted the same phenomenon in the sky above the virgin. The observant was at this moment near la place du Greffe.



continue to attend with assiduity the French sky

Testimonys accumulate, coming each day to bring some new details either about the saucers, or about the flying cigars.

Whereas Saturday evening, several people worthy of faith, including Mr. Bérenger, mayor of Saint-Laurent-du-Var, general adviser, had seen above Nice, a disc of orange color, this time above Cannes, several people observed a luminous machine of yellow color with a green tail. But the most interesting witness was to be brought by an employee of the municipal receipt of Antibes, Mr. Casella, Bio resident, who, returning home in the evening, found himself face to face with an enormous mechanical machine measuring 7 to 8 meters in diameter posed in the middle of the road. The witness who was on a bicycle approached the machine until almost touching it but the latter then rose vertically and disappeared in the sky with a slight whistling sound.

In the sky of Provence, in Venergues, several vintagers saw a machine of lengthened form like a cigar, stated one of them and of white and blue color a second one specified. A third vintager indicated that the rocket appeared to emit luminous rays.

In Le Puy, a brilliant object was observed between 05:30 p.m. and 18:35 p.m. by the weather station of Puy-Chadrac. The machine looked like a straight olive with at the top, a kind of black antenna. The chief of the station specified that he believes to be in the presence of planet Jupiter, but the sudden disappearance of the object showed that he was wrong. The same phenomenon was seen by the center of meteorology of Ruyères (the Cantal). One can connect these testimonies to that of thousands of Tulle residents who around 03:30 p.m. saw in the sky, in the south-eastern southern direction, a large shining and motionless spot. It seemed transparent and had the shape of a cylinder whose two ends were conical.

Attack missed against a false Martian

Mr. Maurice Ruant, farmer in Sinceny, close to Chauny (the Aisne) was almost the victim of the panic which the appearance of the flying saucers or other flying objects causes to some people. He was busy repairing his car, in a meadow near his home, when two gun shots were fired to his direction. The bullets crushed on the body of the vehicle, not far from his head. Mr. Maurice Ruant pressed charges and the investigation at once open made it possible to quickly find the author of the two shots, who was a neighbor to Mr. Ruant, Mr. Faisan.

The latter told the police force:

"I believed, by seeing a silhouette moving in the light of two headlights, to be in the presence of a Martian repairing his flying saucer. I went to get my rifle and I shot".

In spite of his good faith, Mr. Faisan will be prosecuted.


Ten appearances of UFO in the French sky in 1954

[... Other cases ...]

5 - Chadrac (Haute-Loire)

The newspaper La Montagne published this strange account in October 1954: "The weather station Albert Baldit in Chadrac (Haute-Loire) managed to observe yesterday evening from 17:50 to 18:35, with a telescope, a luminous craft which appeared as a straight olive supporting a black antenna at its top. Moreover observers noted that the object which threw fires of a very brilliant aluminium carried at its third and two thirds a black trace. The station believed to have identified at the beginning of its observations, the planet Jupiter, the largest of our solar system. But this craft which compared to north was at 100° West, changed color, with the setting sun, to become red and disappear in two minutes..." A UFO flew over Chadrac.

[... Other cases ...]

More about this:
Le Dictionnaire de la France Insolite et Bizarre, Marc Lemonier, City Publishers, 2009


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.


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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Chadrac, Haute-Loire, observatory, Albert Baldit, object, machine, olive, oval, metallic, black, red, reflections


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