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October 15, 1954, Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute-Loire:

Reference for this case: 15-Oct-54-Le-Puy-en-Velay.
Please cite this reference in any correspondence with me regarding this case.


In the 1950s, a French archivist, Guy Quincy, compiled a catalog of observations, without sources and without details, in which he noted a sighting dated October 15, 1954, during the day, in Le Puy-en-Velay.

In their 1979 book on the French saucer flap of 1954, the two "skeptical" ufologists Gérard Barthel and Jacques Brucker briefly indicated that on October 15, 1954, what was observed in "Le Puy" was a weather balloon.


[Ref. gqy1:] GUY QUINCY:


October 15 [, 1954]

[... other cases...]

daytime: Southern France:Briançon,Digne,Le Puy,Lyon,Murat,Saint Céré,Toulouse,Tulle,Ardèche,Aveyron,Basses-Alpes

[... other cases...]

[Ref. gab1:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":


The "Saucers with a volume of revolution"

[... other cases...]

No. 3. 10/15/1954 Le Puy (Haute Loire) 6 p.m.; size unknown.

[... other cases...]

N° 2 is the perfect type of the "Compact Saucer", [...] as for N° 3 [...], they are undeniably "Structured Saucers".

[Ref. gab2:] UFOLOGY GROUP "G.A.B.R.I.E.L.":

10/15/1954 Le Puy (Haute Loire)

Around 6 p.m., Mr. X was able to observe a shiny object whose color turned red and which quickly disappeared. The craft looked like a straight olive with a kind of black antenna at the top. At 1/3 in the vertical direction, the craft had a black stripe. (J. Giraud; "Centre Matin" for 17/10/1954)


The two authors briefly indicate that on October 15, 1954, what was observed in Le Puy was a weather balloon.



The information is insufficient; but it is possible that it was the University of Padua balloon was widely reported that day.


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

Le Puy-en-Velay, Le Puy, Haute-Loire, balloon


[----] indicates sources that are not yet available to me.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross December 7, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross April 24, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version.
1.1 Patrick Gross August 4, 2019 Additions of the Summary. Explanations changed, were "Not looked for yet."
1.2 Patrick Gross May 12, 2022 Addition [gqy1]. In the Summary, addition of the information from [gqy1].
1.3 Patrick Gross July 15, 2022 Additions [gab1], [gab2].

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