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UFOs in the daily Press:

Rome's flying cigar, 1954:

The article below was published in the daily newspaper La Manche Libre, of Saint-Lo, France, on September 26, 1954.

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AFTER THE SAUCERS THE FLYING CIGARS

Last week, very honorable residents of the Ste-Mère-l'Eglise region reported having seen a mysterious craft evolving at high speed in the sky. The craft had the shape of a cigar. The witnesses were serious people whose sincerity can not be doubted.

A few days later, a new observation of a "flying cigar" was made, but in Rome and very officially.

It was the passage of a mysterious machine that moved over the Italian capital.

It was observed for approximately forty minutes by the military command station of the airport. It is a craft in the form of a "half-cigar", flying at a reduced speed at about 1,300 meters above sea level. A trail of luminous smoke emanated from its extremity. Following the moves of the craft, the observation station of Ciampino found that it at one time made a "fall" of 400 meters to immediately resume altitude changing from the horizontal position to the vertical position.

The military station of Practica di Mare, about thirty kilometers from Rome, managed to "catch" it in their radar set, and to follow it for about twenty minutes. The radar reported the presence of an antenna in the center of the widest part of the "half-cigar".

It must be believed that these are improved V2 guided missiles. But where are they launched?

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