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The 1954 French flap:

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

October 1, 1954, Bélesta, Ariège:

Reference number for this case: 1-Oct-54-Bélesta. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


One can find within two ufological catalogs on the web in the years 2010 that there was apparently an observation in Bélesta the 1st of October 1954 at 05:00 p.m.

One of the catalogs, referring to a computer catalog by Jacques Vallée, indicates that an unidentified flying object was seen, but that could very probably have a conventional explanation according to its aspect and its behaviour.


[Ref. ud1:] SITE WEB "UFODNA":

This website indicates that on 1 October 1954 at 17:00 in Belesta, Puivert, France, "An unidentified object was sighted, but with appearance and behavior that most likely would have a conventional explanation. One object was observed by one witness."

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

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

This catalogue recorded a duplicate for this case:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19541001 01.10.1954 Belesta France 17.00
19541001 01.10.1954 Belesta France 17.00


Totally insufficient information, no reported strangeness.

Is it possible that this could have inspired the authors of the hoax in Bélesta 16 days later?


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

Bélesta, Ariège, day, object


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Document history:

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1.0 Patrick Gross December 28, 2016 First published.

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