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HERMANN OBERTH ON FLYING SAUCERS, AND SIGHTINGS IN FRANCE, 1954:

This article was published in the daily newspaper Le Quotidien de la Haute-Loire, on Wednesday, October 6, 1954.

ACCORDING TO A GERMAN ROCKET SPECIALIST "FLYING SAUCERS ARE PILOTED BY URANIDES"

Flying saucers exist and represent at least ten percent of the crafts observed in the sky, stated professor Hermann Oberth, German rocket specialist and honorary president of the German Astronautics Society, during a conference pronounced in Hamburg. Professor Oberth adds that it is possible in his opinion, that these crafts contain creatures similar to human and he has proposed to call these unknown beings with the term of "Uranides." Uranides, continued the German specialist, have probably several thousands of years of advance on us. To explain why no flying saucer has crashed on the ground yet, professor Oberth suggests that the pilots perhaps have a perfect control their craft and that for a reason which a human intelligence cannot imagine, they do not wish any contact with the terrestrial creatures. By considering another possibility, professor Oberth recalled that the flying saucers observed could be regarded an improvement of V-7, German rockets of the end of the war, of which several prototypes may have fallen in the hands from the Russians in 1945, according to the scientist.

A strange craft said to have flown above Mont-Blanc

A large number of people, among whom were the officers of the school of high mountain, the gendarmes of Chamonix and the pilot Guiron, specialist in flying above high mountains, which flew over the area at this time there, stated to have seen a shiny machine evolving between Mount Lachat and Mount Blanc. The pilot Guiron indicated that flying at approximately 2000 meters above Faverges, he saw a machine which did not have any resemblance to a normal plane. Moreover, the direction followed at high speed by this apparatus excluded the assumption of a weather balloon.

Flying saucer in Ivory coast

Flying saucers were seen in Ivory Coast (Saturday 18/09/54 with 20h30). It was, according to the statements of the witnesses, a luminous spot surrounded by a halation which initially grew quickly, moving while approaching or deviating the horizon. The witnesses saw the craft light a powerful headlight, sometimes directed right to the above, sometimes to the bottom. The machine of ovoid shape was surmounted by a cupola and luminous rays seemed to be detached from each side. When it disappeared after having evolved for half an hour, the witnesses very clearly saw two luminous halations, of oval shape which formed at the supposed location of the craft. The craft moved without any noise.

Luminous objects in the sky of Puy

On two occasions yesterday in the night, brilliant objects were seen in the sky of Puy without anyone being able to determine their exact nature. At about 08:30 P.M., several of our fellow-citizens saw a machine which resembled a small balloon on which a light would have been hung evolving above the square of Breuil and Square Michelet. This machine which flew appreciably in an Est/West trajectory passed at about fifteen meters to the top of the court and appreciably at the same height above the newly built buildings of Square Michelet. Its speed could be 7 to 8 kilometers per hour since several people followed the luminous machine in its evolutions for a while. A little later, at the exit of the cinema, several Ponots also saw another object whose luminous intensity was variable in the sky, of an apparent diameter lower than that of a soccer ball. This machine which maneuvered seemingly quitefast at a high altitude followed a rectilinear trajectory. Coming from the direction of Ronzon, this craft disappeared a few minutes after above Mons. This afternoon still, at about 03:15 P.M. numerous passers-by on Mal-Fayolle boulevard saw a white object shining, above their head, which rose in the sky vertically.

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