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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Saint-Aubin, Jura:

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

Summary:

The regional newspaper La Bourgogne Républicaine, of Dijon, reported on page 4 for October 5, 1954, that in Saint-Aubin-du-Jura, "the other day, a mysterious flying machine was wandering in the middle of the sky. It shone in the sun sometimes stopped as if suspended, started again forwards, backwards, to the right, to the left, up or down..."

The newspaper explains then that it was not "one of these famous saucers making a daytime reconnaissance" because information taken, it was only a Bell helicopter bought by the E.D.F. - the national poser company - on board of which an engineer was checking the condition of high voltage power lines.

Reports:

[Ref. lbr1:] NEWSPAPER "LA BOURGOGNE REPUBLICAINE":

Scan.

From the "Martian" of Lons
to the "saucer"
of Saint-Aubin-du-Jura

(FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENTS)

At a time when we are talking more and more about a saucer landing in our country, when, everywhere, we see Martians, it is advisable to relate (objectively) two adventures that have just occurred in Lons-le-Saulnier and Saint-Aubin-du-Jura.

* * *

The other day, in a café in the Jura capital, a curious being was walking. Small, fat, clad in leather, his eyes hidden by enormous glasses (the kind one uses for spearfishing) with aluminum helmets (an antenna emerging from the helmet) the mysterious being walked without a word. The lower part of his face was obscured by meters of rubber hoses or the type of gas masks.

"He's a Martian," a consumer exclaimed.

The boss replied: "It may be the pilot of the Prémanon saucer".

The coffee room emptied. "The Martian", to drink a jar of Beaujolais, then took off his motorcyclist's helmet stuck with a children's arrow rifle crossed with pins, all painted in aluminum, and became again... Mr. Roux, from Conbèges, author of the joke!

* * *

Saint-Aubin du Jura, the other day, a mysterious flying craft was wandering in the sky. It shone in the sun sometimes stopped as if suspended, went back forward, backward, right, left, up or down...

Was it one of those famous saucers doing daytime reconnaissance?

Information taken, it was only a "Bell", helicopter purchased by the E.D.F., on board which an engineer was examining the condition of the high voltage power lines.

Explanations:

Map.

Negative case, helicopter.

In 1954, E.D.F. (the national power co.) had one Bell 47 D1 "F-BGOS" used from 10/24/1952 to 01/28/1959, and one Bell 47 G "F-BGSS" used from 09/13/1954 to 09/21/1954.

(http://helimat.free.fr/edf8.htm et http://www.rotorspot.nl/current/f-c.php)

Since the cas would likely date from the beginning of October 1954, the craft was likely F-BGOS; but since there is no precise date in the report, it might have been the other one, F-BGSS, if the case occurred before September 21, 1954.

Bell 47D1.

A Bell 47 D1.

It looks quite plausible that nobody mistook it for a flying saucer and that only the newspaper put forth this idea.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Aubin-du-Jura, Saint-Aubin, Jura, negative case, Bell, E.D.F., stop, maneuvers

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