France 1954 -> Homeclick!
Cette page en françaisCliquez!

The 1954 French flap:

The index page for the 1954 French flap section of this site is here.

September 16, 1954, Le Pin, Isère:

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

Reports:

[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel reports that he received a letter from one Mr. G.G., who asked to keep his name unpublished, and gave the names of 4 other witnesses, among which a professor of mathematics, following their observation who took place on September 16, 1954. Michel provides the following digest of this letter:

"The phenomenon took place Thursday evening September 16, at 17:45. I was in Isère, at the old Carthusian monastery of Silve-Bénite, near the village of Pin."

"The sky was perfectly clear and the atmosphere was transparent: the mountains up to the Mount Blanc inclusively was very visible."

"My attention was suddenly drawn by the presence, in north-north-east direction, of an object of round and flat shape, resembling at the same time to that of a wingless plane and to that of a soap bubble. It slipped quickly into the quiet air, shining of metal reflections with the sun, which reminded glares on aluminium. Part of the machine appeared duller, perhaps because of its different exposure."

"Its altitude appeared low to me, and I am tempted to subjectively estimate it as 1 500 meters. It flew at a moderate and regular speed directed along an absolutely rectilinear line from the north-north-east to the south-south-west. Being at this time there on a ground forming a terrace followed of a strong slope, nothing enabled me to appreciate the real maximum or minimum distances using as reference, for example, hills or mountains. I ceased to distinguish it when it was in a point located at approximately thirty degrees above the horizon, towards the south-south-west. My observation lasted from twenty to thirty seconds."

"The weak wind was directed towards the south: there were four witnesses."

This was followed by their names; which Aimé Michel does not provide, since he was asked to respect their anonymity.

Aimé Michel notes that one could explain this well described observation, including a professor of mathematics among the witnesses, by a weather balloon, if balloons could cross the sky from one horizon to the other in thirty seconds.

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Isère in Le Pin on September 16, 1954 at 17:45 hours, "4 witnesses, among them a professor of mathematics, observed at the old Carthusian monastery of Silve-Bénite by a perfectly clear sky and a limpid atmosphere, an object of round and flat shape. It was in north-north-east direction. It slipped quickly into the calm air, shining in the sun with metallic reflections evoking the glare of aluminium. Part of the machine appeared duller, perhaps because of a different exposure. Its altitude seemed low, it seemed to be 500 meters. It flew at a moderate and regular speed directed towards an absolutely rectilinear line of the north-north-east to the south-south-west. The witnesses ceased to distinguish the object whereas it was in a point located at approximately thirty degrees above the horizon, towards the south-south-west. The observation lasted from twenty to thirty seconds. The wind weak, was directed in the south."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. by Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 16 September 1954 at 17:45, 35 miles southeast of Le Pin, France, "Metallic round flat object, gliding along rapidly in calm air." And: "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One metallic round object was observed by four witnesses at a mountain for 24 seconds (Monastere)."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

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

This database recorded this case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540830 30.08.1954 Les Ponts France
19540916 16.09.1954 Le Pin France 17.45 DD
19540916 16.09.1954 Le Pin France 17.45 NL

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Possible plane.

Keywords:

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

Le Pin, Isère, visibility, object, round, flat, shiny, reflexion, metallic, aluminum, low, slow, straight, duration

Sources:

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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 8, 2003 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross June 11, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross January 29, 2017 Addition [ub1].

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict



 Feedback  |  Top  |  Back  |  Forward  |  Map  |  List |  Home
This page was last updated on January 29, 2017.