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The 1954 French flap:

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August 8, 1954, Contrexéville, Vosges:

Reference number for this case: 8-Aug-54-Contrexeville. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. fd1:] FRANCOIS DIOLEZ:

F. Diolez of the French ufology group CNEGU set up a catalogue of cases in the Vosges, in November 1984, with the help of ufologist François Lagarde.

The catalogue indicates an observation in Contrexeville and Vittel on Sunday, August 8, 1954 at 03:00 local time published in an article in La Liberté de l'Est for August 9, 1954:

"A FLYING CIGAR IN THE SKY OF CONTREXEVILLE?"

"Last Sunday at 3 o'clock in the morning, many people worthy of faith observed a curious meteor which moved horizontally in the direction South-North above Contrexeville and Vittel, at an altitude that one can roughly estimate as 800 or 1 000 meters. The machine - if machine there is - was of undecided contours, in the shape of a cigar say some: a bluish flame escaped from the back, followed of a brush of sparks. There was no possible confusion with shooting stars, particularly abundant that night and the fireworks of the Lake of the de la Folie had been finished for one hour. While arriving above Vittel, the meteor increased its speed considerably and disappeared."

The author of the catalogue specifies that this was the entire article and comments on: "was this a beautiful meteor?"

Explanations:

Not looked for yet. Perfect description of a meteor.

Keywords:

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

Contrexeville, Vosges, night, cigar, flame, blue, bluish, sparks, multiple

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross January 30, 2007 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross January 6, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.

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