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September 28, 1954, Avignon, Vaucluse:

Reference for this case: 28-Sep-54-Avignon.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the 1970s, the ufology group GREPO, of the Vaucluse department, noted in catalogs of observations in that department, that according to their research in the archive of the newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré in Avignon, on Tuesday, September 28, 1954, at 9:45 a.m., two cigar-shaped objects passed over Avignon.

GREPO noted that the case is too imprecise and too old for them to undertake a serious investigation, but that it is still unidentified flying objects "that cannot be related in any manner to our technology, planes or balloons" or artificial satellites.



7) 09/28/54 - 09:45 a.m. - Avignon

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With Vaucluse Ufologie #7, we gave you the list of all the cases of observation that we had for the period of the fifties, from 1950 to 1959. But since this publication we have been able to update this list, complete it and, sometimes, specify it further. It is above all because Jean Pierre Troadec endeavored to update his file for this period, with the aim of compiling a catalog of all the cases of UFO sightings on the Vaucluse that GREPO will make known in some time in a special issue of our bulletin, which I can give you today a new list. This new list obviously eliminates the previous one which contained many date errors, but it is still imprecise in certain cases. I hope that it can serve you usefully, or even generate investigations or counter-investigations; and, if you have new elements or other cases that we do not have, let us know and I will communicate them in this section with your references.

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.7° - 08/28/54 - 09:45 a.m. - Avignon. 2 objects in the shape of cigars.

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TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 28, 1954 - 09 : 45


Reference 6

Two objects in the shape of cigares passed above the city.

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These two cases are known to us from the researches we carried out among the archives of Dauphine Libéré (Ref 6), in Avignon. They are too imprecise and too old for us to undertake a serious investigation. But they do mention unidentified flying object that cannot be related in any way to our technology, airplanes or balloons. And, remember that, the first artificial satellite Sputnik I, was launched only on October 5, 1957.

"Référence 6" refers to "Le Dauphiné Libéré".



Totally insufficient information, possible planes.

In the Press for September 24, 1954, it was said that "the biggest aerial drill in Europe", operation "Etoile Filante" ("Shooting Star"), will take place, by NATO Air Forces, above France and Germany.

Historically, these "Shooting Star" maneuvers including "Indian Summer" lasted from 20 to 27 September 1954, involving many F-84G Thunderjet of the 3rd Fighter Wing from Reims and the 2/3 Fighters Wing also using F-84G's.

The maneuvers were conducted under realistic conflict conditions, the planes were parked outdoors where maintenance was also done, and the airmen lived and slept in camouflaged tents.


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

Avignon, Vaucluse, two, objects, cigar


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross August 11, 2019 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross June 30, 2022 Additions [vau3], [vau4]. In the Summary, "in a catalog" changed to "in catalogs".

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