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The 1954 French flap:

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October 2, 1954, Chalon-sur-Sa˘ne, Sa˘ne-et-Loire:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Chalon-sur-Sa˘ne. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



The two authors quote the newspaper "Le Courier de Saone-and-Loire" for October 6, 1954, for this observation of October 2, 1954:

"Mysterious machines flew over the area of Chalon. We could collect the impressions of one of the witnesses of this strange object."

"- I cannot, he told us, state that it is a flying saucer; I simply say that it is an object like I never saw before. I was in Chalon, the object was located approximately above Saint-Marcel. It appeared as an open parachute but without parachutist. Around the object were other smaller objects. With the distance one could have mistaken them for birds appearing to evolve. I noted that during their evolutions and in the sunlight, they had silvery reflections. I cannot specify anthing else. On the point of taking my bicycle to approach, I feared an useless travel and that all would disappear before my arrival."


Not looked for yet.

Several explanations are possible: airplanes, a flock of birds, cobweb in the wind...


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

Chalon-sur-Sa˘ne, Sa˘ne-et-Loire, birds, parachute, Saint-Marcel, manoeuvers, reflections, daylight


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 9, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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