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August 8, 1954, Garnat-sur-Engièvre, Allier:

Reference number for this case: 8-aug-54-Garnat-sur-Engièvre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.



The author indicates that in Garnat sur Engièvre in the Allier, on August 8, 1954, a colonel was driving by car, coming from Dijon and saw almost opposite him in the north-western sector of the sky, a disc shining of a metallic flare which moved while following roughly the Loire Valley.

He was strongly intrigued and stopped his vehicle for better observing.

The object evolved under an angle of approximately 35° above the horizon, at approximately the altitude of the cirri, or 5000 to 6000 meters. It was of definitely lenticular shape and moved at a speed that he estimated to be 600 to 800 km/h while seeming to oscillate and turn on itself and while describing at the same time like a side gyration.

The object was suddenly immobilized and remained stationary a few seconds, then after a "striking" starting, it "disappeared" in direction of the West. Its apparent diameter was 2 centimeters at arm's length.


Base Nr: 1274

No known official investigation

Place of observation: Garnat sur Engièvre

Department: Allier (03) Lat. 46.633 Long. +3.65

Date of observation: 08 August 1954

Time: Time unknown

Type of observation:

Visual: Distant

Number of witnesses: 1

A colonel being in a car, coming from Dijon sees almost facing him in the north-western sector of the sky a brilliant disc which moved while roughly following the Loire Valley. Very intrigued he stops his vehicle for better observing it. The object evolved under an angle of approximately 35° above the horizon. It was about with the altitude than the cirrhus clouds i.e. 5 to 6000 meters. Its shape was definitely lenticular. It moved at an estimated speed of 6 to 800 km/h. It seemed to oscillate and rotate while performing at the same time like a side gyration. Suddenly the object immobilized and remained stationary a few seconds. Then after an amazing start it disappeared in direction of the West. His apparent diameter was 2 cm at arm's length. It had a metallic glare.

Number of objet: 1

Type of object: Disc

Main color: Metallic (silver,)

Observed luminosity: Shiny

Clouded sky high altitude

Physical effects: No

Effects on the witness: No

Presence of entities: No

Sources: by **


Not looked for yet. Eventually distorted report of meteor.


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

Garnat-on-Engièvre, Allier, colonel, car, road, disc, shining, high, lenticular, fast, oscillations, rotation, motionless, metallic, silver


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0.1 Patrick Gross August 1, 2007 First published.
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