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October 29, 1954, Epinal, Vosges:

Reference for this case: 29-Oct-54-Epinal.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


[Ref. cnu1:] CNEGU:

The CNEGU indicates that their case F/98/88541 029 (01) occurred in Epinal / Saint Laurent on Friday October 29, 1954 at 5 p.m. local time, with witnesses Albert Pochon, trader, and Ernest Frenot, trade employee, and was reported in an article of La Liberté de l'Est for October 30, 1954:

"Yesterday at 5 p.m. two residents of Epinal saw a 'small sun' carrying out a trajectory above the bell-tower of Saint-Laurent. Mr. Albert POCHON, tradesman who holds the store 'le comptoir du Caoutchouc' and Ernest FRENOT employed with this trade, suddenly saw in direction of GOLBEY but in the axis of the bell-tower of SAINT-LAURENT, a machine which they describe as a small very luminous sun of circular form moving at very high speed which followed an ellipsoidal trajectory around the bell-tower by presenting its broadest face, like a plane carrying out a turn on the wing. The machine after having disappeared at the horizon in direction of GOLBEY leaving behind itself a luminous trail from white color which seemed to be such as the trace left by the jets at the exact place of the higher and lower tangents of the disc. The traces persisted in the sky only 4 minutes. The appearance had lasted 5 minutes. The small sun in question, which seemed at high altitude appeared in the shape of a disc having at this height 30 centimetres in diameter."

CNEGU specifies that it is the entire article.



Possible jet plane.


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

Epinal, Vosges, disc, trail, duration, Albert Pochon, Ernest Frenot, multiple, luminous, fast, turn


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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross February 9, 2010 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross October 30, 2011 A search on the web and in my documentation did not reveal other sources.

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