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October 16, 1954, Montélimar, Drôme:

Reference number for this case: 16-Oct-54-Montélimar. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Paris-Match Magazine for October 23, 1954, illustrated their article on the "flying saucers" with a photo showing people looking up, and captioned that the 16th (probably from the same month of October 1954), in Montélimar, these people were looking at a "luminous disc" which was in fact a weather balloon.

Reports:

[Ref. pmh1:] "PARIS-MATCH" MAGAZINE:

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IN THE SKY OF MONTELIMAR ON THE 16TH, A LUMINOUS DISC: IT IS A WEATHER BALLOON

Explanations:

Map.

The high altitude balloon that day.

One or more stratospheric balloons to study cosmic rays were launched from Milan, Italy, as a project of the Padova University, and floated in the French sky on October 14, 15 and 16, 1954; this photograph was taken from the observatory of Haute-Provence:

Photo

Keywords:

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Montélimar, Drôme, multiple, disc, luminous, balloon

Sources:

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Document history:

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