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October 17, 1954, Langres, Haute-Marne:

Reference number for this case: 17-Oct-54-Langres. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



A shining craft in the sky of Langres intrigued the crowd

Yesterday in the end of the afternoon, the residents, and in particular the crowd of the Turenne Stadium, could observe a brilliant craft at very high altitude, which, after having been motionless during a long moment finally rose and disappeared with, some claim, a release of smoke.

Was it one of these mysterious craft that are seen everywhere? Or more simply, despite everything, a weather balloon?


During more than one hour, Sunday afternoon, the 400 witnesses of the football game, in Langres, instead of following the evolutions of the round balloon on the ground, payed to see from the inside of the stadium the evolutions of an unknown apparatus which was at a very high altitude and which everyone could contemplate. Some believed that it was a weather balloon, which, say the others, appears not very probable, for before disappearing, the machine moved in the direction opposite of the wind.


The two authors first reproduce the "Ouest-France" newspaper article for October 19.

Then, they comment: "Error!" and tell us of a "recipe" which consist in taking a cardboard disc of a "good diameter", to use adhesive tape to tape it all around, to turn it upside down and to attach at the top with some strings three of four toy balloons and so we get a "vers rare specialty: the Adamsky [sic, Adamski] saucer."

They add that this trick has been published in "Paris-Presse" some time in October 1954 under the "never-ending topic: flying saucers."

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 17 October 1954 at 15:00, in Langres, France, an unidentified object was sighted, "that had an unusual appearance or performance. One object was observed by eight witnesses for over 60 minutes."

The source is indicated as "Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073)."

[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
19541017 17.10.1954 Langres France 15.00


About Barthel and Brucker:

I cannot even begin to grasp which extraordinary mental process has brought thse authors to comment this case by indicating that an "Adamsky saucer" can be constructed with some toy balloons and cardboard.

It is of course understood that faked flying saucers can be made of balloon and carboard, or you can make funny hats or halloween costumes out of that, but where on earth is this relevant to the sighting as told in the newspaper article?

Beyond Barthel et Brucker:

If the assumption is made that the winds at high altitude goes in a different direction than at low altitude, which is possible, and the reasonable assumption that the directions of the winds at high altitude was not checked at the weather services, then the argument that it cannot be a balloon does not hold.

Also, it is noted that the sighting lasted one hour. This suggests that the object in the sky could have been slow or even motionless during one hour, which is possible for a balloon. The lack of detailed information on the position changes versus time prohibits a sure explanation.

It could have been a balloon.


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

Langres, Haute-Marne, duration, multiple, object, high, balloon, machine, wind


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 8, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 4, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross March 2, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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