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September 29, 1954, Painblanc, Côte-d'Or:

Reference number for this case: 29-sep-54-Painblanc. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. am1:] AIME MICHEL:

Aimé Michel noted a number of sightings on September 29, 1954, and says there was one in Painblanc, Cote-d'Or.

He indicates that about 8 p.m., "X. ..", a mechanic, was riding a motorcycle on the national road 470, from Beaune. By the time he reached Painblanc, 120 km west-southwest of Rigney, he saw a large luminous body of greenish-white color, which passed over him and went away into the sky.

When it was at the closest distance, he found that "the object was animated by a kind of spin."

[Ref. gc1:] LEONARD G. CRAMP:

A mechanic riding a motor-cycle coming from Beaune, France, saw a luminous aerial vehicle. It passed over him emitting a greenish-white colour, and as it got closer he observed "a sort of revolving motion".


162 -004.62591 47.14920 29 09 1954 20 00 101 PAINBLANC F 151144 C** 155

[Ref. lc1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the "Côte d'or" in Painblanc on September 29, 1954 at 20:00 hours "The witness ride a motorbike on the N470 coming from Beaune. While arriving in the borough hesuddenly sees enlarging in the sky a vast luminous element of greenish white color which passes above him and moves away quickly. When the object was the closest, the witness noted that it was animated of a kind of whirling."

The source is indicated as "M.O.C. par Michel Aimé ** Arthaud 1958".

[Ref. ud1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 29 September 1954 at 20:00 on the N470, near Painblanc, France, "A cigar-shaped object was observed. One cigar-shaped object was observed by one witness on a farm for over one minute (Paquier)."

The sources are indicated as Michel, Aime, Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery, S. G. Phillips, New York, 1958; Vallee, Jacques, Computerized Catalog (N = 3073); Vallee, Jacques, Challenge to Science: The UFO Enigma, Henry Regnery, Chicago, 1966; Vallee, Jacques, Preliminary Catalog (N = 500), (in JVallee01); Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

[Ref. ud2:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that In September 1954 in Beaune, France, there was a "Mechanic incident." "An object was observed. It moved with a falling-leaf motion. One object was observed by one male witness on a highway briefly."

The source is indicated as Cramp, Leonard G., Piece for a Jig-Saw, Somerton, Isle of Wight, 1966.

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

This database recorded this case three times:

Case Nr. New case Nr. Investigator Date of observation Zip Place of observation Country of observation Hour of observation Classification Comments Identification
19540929 29.09.1954 Painblanc France 20.00 NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Painblanc France 20.00 NL
19540929 29.09.1954 Painblanc France 20.00 NL


The September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m.


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

Painblanc, Côte-d'Or, night, motorbike, Beaune, luminous, white, greenish, fast


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

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 19, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 19 2010 Addition [jv5].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 4, 2010 Additions [gc1], [ud2].
1.3 Patrick Gross September 30, 2014 Addition [am1]. Explanation changed from "Not looked for yet" to "The September 29, 1954, meteor, about 08:30 p.m."
1.4 Patrick Gross February 10, 2017 Addition [ub1].

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