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The 1954 French flap:

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October 16, 1954, Mont Ventoux, Var:

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

Reports:

[Ref. lm1:] "LE MERIDIONAL" NEWSPAPER:

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A flying "cylinder" spotted by the Mont Ventoux Observatory

But it is believed to be a remote-controlled survey craft

AVIGNON (C.P.) - A mysterious device appeared above the sky of Vaucluse in the afternoon of yesterday, and was seen by the observatory of the Mont Ventoux National Meteorological Office.

The machine was of unusual shape among all those seen in recent weeks.

It was neither a saucer nor a cigar, but a cylinder terminated at both ends by a cone, and one of the cones bore something resembling an antenna.

The flying cylinder moved vertically and about 4,000 meters above sea level (about 2,000 meters above the Ventoux), going from west to east. It disappeared towards the Alps around 4:45 p.m.

Mr. Batard, a meteorologist observer at the Ventoux, himself saw the mysterious machine and described it to us. It seemed at times to be transparent and of an undefinable material.

"What do you think it is?" We asked him.

- Probably a remote-controlled sounding machine.

"Coming from where?" From the earth?

- This is my opinion.

"Do you believe in the Martians, Mr. Batard?"

- Personally not at all, until proven otherwise.

Another probe balloon in the high alpine sky

GAP (C.P.) - We reported on Thursday the arrival in the Hautes-Alpes of an

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Remote controlled crafts

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Italian sounding-balloon, that contrary currents had diverted. The residents of Gap and, in general, all the High Alps residents who saw the craft felt an understandable emotion, still thinking of the stories of flying saucer currently on the agenda. When, on the morning of yesterday, a new balloon was seen, it did not arouse the same curiosity. It was, however, a fair day at Gap. One looked at this machine only with a disillusioned face, as if to reproaching it for not being a flying saucer...

Early in the afternoon, the balloon, pushed by a more violent wind, was heading east. It was possible to see it from Briançon, Aiguilles and Barcelonnette. It seemed to ascend the valley of the Queyras.

At 6 p.m. it was no longer seen from Gap, and Dr. Dieulot, a medical adviser to the Social Safety, who had already observed the craft on Thursday, noticed that it was the same balloon.

[Ref. vm1:] "VAR MATIN REPUBLIQUE" NEWSPAPER:

Marignane, October 16 -. the observatory of Mount Ventoux announces that since this morning 07:30 A.M., in the east north-east, in the direction of Orange, an unknown apparatus is hovering in the sky.

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

[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.

[Ref. fr1:] MICHEL FIGUET ET JEAN-LOUIS RUCHON:

The two authors indicate that on October 16, 1954 starting at 8 in the morning the observatory of the Ventoux Mount observed an object whose which description could make think of aweather balloon.

The two authors also indicate that in Bedoin in the Vaucluse, on October 16, 1954, at 08:00 a.m., the personal of the weather station observed an object of metallic and spherical aspect.

[Ref. cs1:] C.I.S.U:

Clear Skies Code Day Month Year HH MM SS Exact Location Municipality Province/State Country Geogr. Coord. AS/AF Eyewitness Clear Skies Class. Minimal distance D/N INT INS Level of Identification Causes Notes CISU General Catalogue
251 F 1954 16 10 1954 12 0ca Observatory Mont Ventoux Haute Provence France 44.100, 5.170 AS Berthier, P.; Mévolhon, R. 1 75000 D TEL PH 3 Stratospheric balloon

[Ref. an1:] ANONYMOUS:

One "GDM7" wrote that on October 19, 1954 "'Ufos' were said to have been seen in Bedoin... (Source: Ventoux Magazine)".

[Ref. ub1:] "UFO-DATENBANK":

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541016 16.10.1954 Marignane France

Explanations:

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:

Photo

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Mont Ventoux, Var, object, machine, apparatus, cylinder, cone, antenna, observatory, Batard, vertical, high, duration

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 24, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Addition [fr1].
1.1 Patrick Gross February 27, 2010 Addition [cs1].
1.2 Patrick Gross October 13, 2016 Addition [lp1].
1.3 Patrick Gross February 2, 2017 Additions [lm1], [ub1].

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