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October 17, 1954, Voussac, Allier:

Reference for this case: 17-Oct-54-Voussac.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

According to a catalog published in the ufology magazine Ouranos of the 2nd quarter of 1973, the newspaper Centre-Matin for October 20, 1954, reported an observation of October 17, 1954, at 05:10 p.m. in Voussac.

A teacher, Mr. Pailler, reportedly observed an elongated cigar-shaped white object with the tip facing forward, which moved in the sky on a "soft and silent" path.

In the wake of the "craft", the witness distinguished "a thin stream of smoke or condensation similar to a bright angel hair," "unless it was an inclined antenna held (at 30 °) by the speed of movement."

Reports:

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "OURANOS":

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10/17/1954 Voussac (5:10 p.m.).

This Sunday, Mr. Pailler, a teacher, observed an elongated cigar-shaped white object and the tip forward-facing moving in the sky along a smooth and silent path. In the wake of the craft, the witness discerned a thin stream of smoke or condensation resembling a bright angel hair, unless it was an antenna maintained inclined (at 30°) by the speed of movement. (Centre Matin for 10/20/1954).

[Ref. ldl1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "LUMIERES DANS LA NUIT":

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October 17 (Centre Matin for 10/20) Voussac 05:10 p.m..

M. Pailler, teacher, observed a white cigar-shaped object.

[Ref. ioi1:] UFOLOGY MAGAZINE "INFO OVNI":

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042 10/17/54 05:10 p.m. Voussac

White shining cigar narrow condensation trailn. Horizontal craft

[Ref. gab1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

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THE "CIGARS"

The "Compact Cigars"

[... other cases...]

No. 5. 10/17/1954 Voussac (Allier) 5:30 p.m.; size unknown.

[... other cases...]

What is remarkable in this series of observations is that all these craft whose exact size could not be assessed were all enormous. [...]

[Ref. gab2:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

10/17/1954 Voussac (Allier)

M. Pailler, instituteur, vit passer dans le ciel un objet blanc brillant en forme allongé, la pointe tournée vers l'avant... (J. Giraud; «Centre Matin» du 20/10/1954)

Explanations:

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There is no real strangeness here, the only mystery being that it remains impossible to know whether it was a meteor or a high-flying jet plane. The duration might have allowed discriminating between these two possible ordinary explanations, but it was not reported.

Keywords:

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

Voussac, Allier, Pailler, teacher, object, white, elongated, cigar, tip, silent, trail, thin, smoke, condensation, antenna

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross December 21, 2018 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 18, 2021 Addition [ioi1].
1.2 Patrick Gross July 14, 2022 Addition [gab1], [gab2].

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