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The 1954 French flap:

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Beginning of October, 1954, Saint-Victoret, Bouches-du-Rhône:

Reference for this case: Beg-Oct-54-Saint-Victoret.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

The regional newspaper Le Méridional for October 8, 1954, reported on page 5 from Saint-Victoret, that at "1:80 p.m." [sic], while he was on his way to work, Mr. Alfred Capron, accompanied by several people, watching the mail plane coming from North Africa evolve, saw a "mysterious machine" in the sky, moving above the Etang de Berre, in the direction of Roguac.

The craft, the newspaper said, was about 1,500 to 2,000 meters of altitude, it had the shape of a pencil pointed at both ends and appeared "at this distance to be 20 centimeters long", with a very strong glow in its center; it seemed metallic.

After neing still for about two minutes, the newspaper said, the craft disappeared very quickly towards the horizon.

Reports:

[Ref. lml1:] NEWSPAPER "LE MERIDIONAL":

Scan.

A MYSTERIOUS CRAFT
ABOVE THE MEDE

Saint-Victoret. -- At 01:80 [sic] p.m., as he went to his work, Mr. Alfred Capron, accompanied by several people, looking at the evolutions of the normal mail from North Africa, saw with his glance above the pond of Berre, in direction of Roguac, a mysterious craft in the sky.

This machine was at approximately 1.500 to 2.000 meters of altitude, having the shape of a pencil pointed at the two ends and appearing at this distance to have a 20 centimeteres in length, with a very strong gleam in its center; it seemed metallic.

After hovering for two minutes approximately, the apparatus disappeared very quickly towards the horizon.

Explanations:

Map.

The date is not specified by the newspaper.

The only non-extraterrestrial metallic craft that can stay in place for two minutes and then fly off towards the horizon is the helicopter.

If the newspaper report is reliable, and since nothing contradicts this possibility, I can give as an explanation to the case a helicopter, at least possibly.

Keywords:

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

Saint-Victoret, Bouches-du-Rhône, Alfred Capron, daytime, multiple, étang de Berre, craft, crayon, pointed, gleam, metallic, motionless, acceleration, fast

Sources:

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Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
1.0 Patrick Gross June 9, 2009 First published.
1.1 Patrick Gross March 30, 2022 Addition of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."

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