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The 1954 French flap:

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October 1, 1954, Sucé-sur-Erdre, Loire-Atlantique:

Reference number for this case: 1-oct-54-Sucé-sur-Erdre. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The first mention of this case is in the ufology magazine Lumières Dans La Nuit #319 of July 1993, where it is said that on October 1, 1954, in Sucé-sur-Erdre, near Nantes in the Loire-Atlantique department, there was an observation for a few minutes first on the ground, then rising to 300 meters, of an elongated cylinder, which "left at the speed of a meteor."

Ufologist and author Jean Sider then indicated in 1997 that an article of the regional newspaper La Résistance de l'Ouest, of Nantes, on page 2 for October 4, 1954, reported this case of October 1st, 1954 in Sucé-sur-Erdre in Loire-Atlantique described by this text without any witness name:

"We were returning from Chateaubriant at approximately 01:30 in the night from Thursday to Friday. We were facing the marsh of Sucé, when we saw a machine having the shape of an elongated cylinder of approximately five meters in diameter. This object rose vertically during three hundred meters, it seemed to to me, and appeared to hover during a few minutes. It left a little later at the speed of a meteor."

Reports:

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

On October 1st, 1954, in Sucé-sur-Erdre, near Nantes in Loire-Atlantique, a cylinder object has been observed for some minutes, first on the ground, then raising to an altitude of 300 meters. It flew away at the speed of a meteor.

[Ref. jsr1:] JEAN SIDER:

Ufologist and author Jean Sider learned by an article from the regional newspaper "La Résistance de l'Ouest", of Nantes, on page 2, for October 4, 1954, this case of October 1, 1954 in Sucé-sur-Erdre in the Loire-Atlantique, described via a simple quotation without witness name:

"We were returning from Chateaubriant at approximately 01:30 in the night from Thursday to Friday. We were facing the marsh of Sucé, when we saw a machine having the shape of an elongated cylinder of approximately five meters in diameter. This object rose vertically during three hundred meters, it seemed to to me, and appeared to hover during a few minutes. It left a little later at the speed of a meteor."

[Ref. lhh1:] LARRY HATCH - "*U* COMPUTER DATABASE":

3885: 1954/10/01 01:30 5 1:31:00 W 47:20:40 N 3333 WEU FRN LRA 6:9

SUCE-sur-ERDRE,FR:SVRL OBS:LONG CYL/5M diam:^/300M:HVRS:AWAY VFAST:/r217p90

Ref#194 LUMIERES dans la NUIT.(LDLN France) Issue No. 319 : TOWN &CITY

[Ref. edr1:] EMMANUEL DEHLINGER:

Emmanuel Dehlinger has an entry for this case in his listing for the French 1954 UFO flap:

Location Approximate coordoninates Date Civilian time Z time Duration Sky Distance and movement of ufo Altitude of ufo Angle B of sun to horizon Azimut of sun Angle B of moon to horizon Azimut of moon EL State of night Case Reference
Sucé-sur-Erdre, Nantes (Loire-Atlantique) 1° 33' O
47° 13' N
Oct 1st ~01:30C several min On ground then rises to 300 m -45° 4' 12° -54° 2' 303° 18%+ NTN NN4 ? Elongated cylinder. Probably a luminous phenomenon since it went at meteor speed. N° 319 p. 8

[Ref. lcn1:] LUC CHASTAN:

Luc Chastan indicates that in the Loire Atlantique in Sucé sur Erdre on October 1, 1954, at an unknown hour "one observed during a few minutes initially on the ground, then rising to 300 meters, a lengthened cylinder It left at the speed of a meteor."

The source is said to be my website at "http://ufologie.net".

[Ref. uda1:] "UFODNA" WEBSITE:

The website indicates that on 1 October 1954 01:30 Suce-sur-Erdre, France, "Long cylinder, 5m in diameter, descends to 300m and hovers, then shoots away very fast. A hovering cigar-shaped object was observed. One cylinder was observed by several witnesses in a town for five minutes."

The sources are indicated as Lumieres dans la Nuit, Lumieres dans la Nuit; Hatch, Larry, *U* computer database, Author, Redwood City, 2002.

Explanations:

No strangeness. Could have been an helicopter, for example.

Keywords:

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

Sucé-sur-Erdre, Loire-Atlantique, cylinder, duration, landing, manoeuver, fast, object, marsh

Sources:

[----] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 9, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 12, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version. Additions [lcn1], [uda1].
1.1 Patrick Gross July 20, 2019 Addition [lhh1], Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet. Could be an helicopter, for example."

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