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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, Drôme:

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



The two authors note this case of October 16, 1954:

"Châteauneuf-du-Rhone - 26 - towards 06:30 a.m. (dubious date): no investigation, balloon confusion."

Further on, they note that it had to be the Italian balloon launched on October 14, 1954 and which was photographed by the observatory of Haute-Provence, and that it was to be at the vertical of Gap at an altitude of 26.000 meters.


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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Châteauneuf-du-Rhône, Drôme, balloon


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 16, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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