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The 1954 French flap:

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September 27, 1954, Lanta, Haute-Garonne:

Reference number for this case: 27-sep-54-Lanta. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

The French ufologist indicates in his book that on September 27 at 08:00 P.M., in Lanta, in Haute-Garonne, within 18 kilometers of Toulouse, three witnesses, including the teacher, saw a luminous disc of reddish color crossing the sky at high speed and disappearing in forty second towards the South.

He indicates as source the newspaper "La Croix" for September 30, 1954.


The two authors indicate that in Lanta in Haute-Garonne, on September 27, 1954, at 08:00 p.m., a flying disc was observed.


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September 27


1954 - A luminous disc-shaped object was observed in Lanta, Haute-Garonne, France at 8 o'clock in the evening. (Source: Michel Figuet and Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 92).



In 1968-1969, before the official GEPAN ufology effort started, its future head Dr Claude Poher was a member of the unofficial GEPA ufology group, and gathered a computer coded listing of more than 700 UFO reports on which multiple factors statistical computation could be run. In the file were a number of 1954 French UFO reports, among those this one.

For readability, a decoded interpretation of the data is provided here under the original 80 character encoded string. Decoding was done according to the original indications, the code number and its generic meaning is given. Please not that the generic meaning of each code is a predefined category, not the real specific details of the case. For example, if the main witness' age was 33, the coding would result in a number "3" which corresponds to a category "Adult from 21 to 59 years."

Original code:0607552409195420001JA3105010060010AA0A034000100000000000000000000000000000000000
Location:Lanta (Hte Gne) - France
Case number:0607
Source code:55
Nature of the source:Reports from official French sources: Police, Gendarmerie, Army, Pilots
Type of Time:1 = local time
Number of witnesses:3
Main witness named:1 = name(s) indicated
Main witness age:0 = no indication
Main witness occupation:4 = army, police, fireman, constable
Official investigation:1 = an official investigation was made
Weather:0 = no indication
Duration:0 = no indication
Minimal distance witness - phenomenon:
Method of observation:0 = no indication
Number of "objects" observed simultaneously:01 = 1
Shape of the "object" (terminology of witness(es)):
Dimensions of the phenomenon:ZZZZ = no indication
Color of the observed phenomenon:00 = no indication
Luminosity of the phenomenon:3 = shining, very luminous
Lights or projectors on the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Moving speed of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Acceleration of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Trajectory of the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Sounds perceived during observation:0 = no indication
Maximum angular height of observation (horizon = 0°):0 = no indication
Nature of the landing place:0 = no indication
Number of contact points with ground:0 = no indication
Traces of landing:0 = no indication
Observation of "occupants"0 = no indication
Height of the occupants observed:00 = no indication
Garment of the occupants:00 = no indication
Garment:0 = no indication
General behavior of "occupants":0 = no indication
Interaction of "occupants" with witness:0 = no indication
Head, hair:0 = no indication
Voice, breathing, chin:0 = no indication
Skin:0 = no indication
Eyes:0 = no indication
Mouth:0 = no indication
Various details:0 = no indication
Thermal effects:0 = no indication
Luminous effects:0 = no indication
Magnetic effect (or electromagnetic):0 = no indication
Odor perceived by witness:0 = no indication
Physiological effects on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Psychological effect on the witness(es):0 = no indication
Effects on animals:0 = no indication
Other effects reported:0 = no indication
Nebulosity:0 = no indication
Oscillations, emission of matter:0 = no indication
Spin, formation flight:0 = no indication
Immediate disappearance:0 = no indication
Halo surrounding the phenomenon:0 = no indication
Interaction witness / phenomenon (complement to the other rubrics):0 = no indication
Drawing or photo:0 = no indication
Structural details observed:0 = no indication

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates in his database that in the Haute Garonne (31) in Lanta on September 27, 1954 at 20:00 hours, "Three witnesses, among them a teacher, saw a dazzling disc of orange color cross the sky at high speed and disappear in forty seconds towards the South. It was described as 'huge' and moved without noise."

The sources are indicated as: "Ovni, Premier dossier complet... by Figuet M./ Ruchon J.L. ** éd. Alain Lefeuvre 1979" and "Les OVNI vus de près by Gross Patrick **" and "Les Universons by Poher Claude **".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 27 September 1954 at 20:00 in Lanta, France, "Teacher and two others watch luminous red disc cross sky, to the south for 40 seconds."

And: "A luminous disc-shaped object was observed in Lanta, Haute-Garonne, France, at 8 o'clock in the evening."

And: "A flying disc was observed. One red disc, of huge size, was observed by three witnesses in a pasture for 42 seconds (Brunet; Gadra)."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Poher, Claude, Etudes Statistiques Portant sur 1000 Temoignag, Author, undated; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ni1:] "THE NICAP WEBSITE":

*Sep. 27, 1954 - A luminous disc-shaped object was observed in Lanta, Haute-Garonne, France at 8 o'clock in the evening. (Source: Michel Figuet & Jean-Louis Ruchon, OVNI: Le premier dossier complet des rencontres rapprochees en France, p. 92).

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

The case was recorded three times 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
19540924 24.09.1954 Lanta France 20.00
19540927 27.09.1954 Lanta France 20.00 NL
19540927 27.09.1954 Lanta France 20.00 NL


Not looked for yet. Possible meteor.


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

Haute-Garonne, multiple, teacher, disc, red, reddish, fast, meteor


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 3, 2006 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 1, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lc1], [ud1].
1.1 Patrick Gross November 15, 2014 Addition [ni1].
1.1 Patrick Gross December 8, 2016 Additions [cp1], [ub1].

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