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The 1954 French flap:

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July 23, 1954, Talence, Gironde:

Reference number for this case: 23-Jul-54-Talence. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am4:] AIME MICHEL:


And then came the first shock [of the 1954 French flap]. On July 24 the citizens of Talence, a village near Bordeaux, reported two lenticular machines, with a metallic aspect, crossing the sky at a dizzying speed. The newspapers, however, gave the news five lines, buried in the back pages and under skeptical headlines.

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on July 23, 1954, at 01:00 p.m. in Talence, France, "Unidentified objects were sighted, but with an aspect and a performance that probably would have a conventional explanation. Two objects were observed."

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

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

The sighting was recordd twice in this database:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540723 23.07.1954 Talence France 13.00
19540723 23.07.1954 Talence France 13.00


Not looked for yet. Probable jet fighter planes.

One source says it was on the 23rd, the other says it was on the 24th. I suspect the sighting was on the 23rd and the Press report on the 24th - but this is not certain for now.


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

Talence, Gironde, two, craft, fast, shining, multiple, lenticular, metallic


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross March 23, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross November 3, 2016 Addition [am4]. In the Explanations, additions starting with "Probable jet fighter planes."
1.2 Patrick Gross December 3, 2016 Addition [ub1].

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