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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
22675">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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