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The 1954 French flap in the Press:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper Libre Artois, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France, page 2, on October 23, 1954.

See the case file.


An explanation
of the flying saucer

A strange phenomenon
observed after the passing
of a "Stratojet" plane

Vienne, October 2. -- A "Stratojet" plane which, every day flies over the Rhône Valley, at an altitude of around 10.000 meters, was mistaken yesterday by some people for a flying saucer.

The chairman of the Aéro-Club de Vienne immediately dissuaded the overly imaginative witnesses, but a strange phenomenon occurred after the passage of the powerful jet plane. In fact, sorts of parachutes were created in the sky, animated by bizarre movements and having the appearance of light veils which soon reached the ground.

Witnesses of the phenomenon grabbed this very soft to the touch material and having a little the consistency of rubber. On reaching the ground, it evaporated, probably under the influence of temperature.

One of the witnesses put some of the stuff in a box and had it photographed immediately. A few hours later, what remained in this waterproof box had evaporated.

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

This observation, made above the Vienna aerodrome, is identical to that already reported in its time by a resident of Oloron.

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