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The Rhone valley stratojet, France, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La LibertÚ, Clermont-Ferrand, France, on October 21, 1954.

See the case file here.


In the Rhone Valley

A strange phenomenon is observed after the passage of an airplane

Is this the explanation of flying saucers?

A "Stratojet" plane which, every day, flies over the valley of the Rhone, at an altitude of approximately 10.000 meters, was mistaken, Tuesday, by hundreds of people, for a flying saucer.

The chairman of the Vienna Aero Club immediately dissuaded the overly imaginative witnesses, but a strange phenomenon occurred after the passage of the powerful jet plane. There were, in fact, some kind of parachutes in the sky, animated by strange movements, and having the appearance of light sails, which soon reached the ground.

The witnesses of the phenomenon seized this matter, very soft to the touch and having a little the consistency of the rubber.

One of the witnesses put some of the substance in a box and had it photographed immediately. A few hours later, what was left in this box, though it was sealed, had evaporated.

This phenomenon, due to the condensation in the rarefied and cold atmosphere of certain compounds of the fuel of the "Stratojet", can cause white or iridescent formations moving at high speed at high altitude and thus give rise to more or less less fanciful interpretations.

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