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October 16, 1954, Murat, Cantal:

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

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports the case of the balloon which begun on October 14 and continued on the 15th and the 16th of october from the Alps to Provence.

On October 14, Aime Michel's brother, Joseph Michel, in Saint-Vincent Les Forts in the Low-Alps informed him that on October 14 at 05:30 P.M., he and others located a large luminous object which seems at high altitude, with an apparent size of a half full moon, appearing as a large phosphorescent ball to the naked eye, and as a disc luminous on the circumference and darker in the center when viewed through binoculars. It changed slowly to an oval form and a color going from yellow to orange, then red. It is lost from sight at about 06:20 P.M. when the sun set and the first stars became visible.

He reports that the object was observed during about an hour, during which it moved slowly towards the west, crossing an angular distance of thirty degrees approximately.

Aimé Michel shares his thoughts of the moment:

"This report from my brother, former telepointor of the Navy, was invaluable for me. "Here, I thought, a very beautiful balloon which comes to us from Italy in clear skies. It will probably cross all southernmost France at a very high altitude and will be visible everywhere. We will see the psychosis in action. God knows into what this inoffensive apparatus will be transformed."

Michel tells us the continuations. The balloon is indeed seen on the 15 and the 16 in almost all the Southern half from France, including in Murat.

[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
19541012 12.10.1954 Murat France

Explanations:

High-altitude balloon.

Keywords:

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Murat, Cantal,

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