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The 1954 French flap:

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October 1954, Aurillac, Cantal:

Reference number for this case: Oct-54-Aurillac. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Reports:

[Ref. bb1:] GERARD BARTHEL AND JACQUES BRUCKER:

The two authors quote an article of the newspaper "La Montagne" indicating that in Aurillac, in the Cantal...

"The population noticed a strange motionless object in the sky at high altitude (6 to 7 000 m. At 5 p.m., was still visible. Luc, (a journalist) and his friend Mr. Marthe, took off at 3 p.m. from the Tronquière airfield. They went up to 2500 m (3150). The machine appeared then increasingly transparent to them and especially smaller than seen from the ground, as if it had moved away from the plane which approached it. Seen with the binoculars, it had an ovoid shape with two opposite incandescent points. A corolla with the colors of the rainbow seemed to revolve around ir. The plane landed again... At approximately 5 p.m., a second attempt at approach was carried out. The plane went up to 2 600 m (3 250). The observation was identical to the first attempt but lasted less longer (1 hour the first time). The two observers waited the night for their third attempt, when it was effective, they approached and noted that the apparatus appeared illuminated. In the binoculars they could note the presence of the multicoloured luminous halation. The apparatus was very large. At its altitude, a wind from 5 to 15 knots blew but the apparatus however remained motionless during twelve o'clock."

The two authors "specify" that "whatever the nature of the observed phenomenon", the multicoloured halation is explained, because it is enough to use "poorly adjusted binoculars!"

In footnote they indicate that their source is the newspaper "La Montagne" for October the 16th, 17th et 19th of 1954 "according to the Lumières dans la nuit file".

[Ref. ml1:] MARC LEMONNIER:

Ten appearances of UFO in the French sky in 1954

[... Other cases ...]

4 - Aurillac (Cantal)

On October 16, 1954, the daily newspaper La Montagne tells: "The population noticed a strange motionless object in the sky at high altitude (6 to 7 000 m. At 17 o'clock it was still visible. Luc, (a journalist) and his friend Mister Marthe, took off at 15 o'clock from the Tronquière airfield. They went up to 2500 m (3150). The craft appeared then increasingly transparent to them and especially smaller than seen from the ground, as if it had moved away from the plane which approached it. Seen though the binocular, it had an ovoid form with two opposite incandescent points. A corolla with the colors of the rainbow seemed to revolve around it."

[... Other cases ...]

More about this:
Le Dictionnaire de la France Insolite et Bizarre, Marc Lemonier, City Publishers, 2009

Explanations:

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Keywords:

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

Aurillac, Cantal, object, motionless, duration, colors, rainbow, pilot, multiple, oval, points, corolla, weather, halation, luminous, night, day

Sources:

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Document history:

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0.1 Patrick Gross December 7, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross March 1, 2010 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross April 5, 2010 Addition [lm1].

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