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India, TRIBUNE, 14 October 1954, page 7
Saucers" In Bombay?
Oct. 12. - Meteorologists here were skeptical of reports
in Bombay of "flying saucers" having been seen
zooming over the city in the past few days.
meteorologists at the Santa Cruz Weather Bureau to-day issued
an appeal to the people to alert the Bureau as soon as they
sight any flying saucer.
said they would make a scientific study of the object if
such a thing was observed by them.
were current here to-day of people having seen flying saucers.
Some claimed to have sighted it sometime at midnight last
week and described it as a luminous flying disc moving at
a terrific speed. Others said they saw the saucer emitting
"wreaths of fire" and believed the diameter of
it was about one foot. It was also reported to have been
seen at midday at a great height.
at the Colaba Observatory said that weather balloons sent
up every day, might have caused an optical illusion. They
also said such an illusion was created by an aircraft flying
at a high altitude in moonlight. - P.T.I.
India, TRIBUNE, 14 October 1954, page 9
SAUCERS AND FLYING CIGARS
(From Our London Office)
(By Air Mail) - Fantastic stories of flying saucers and
flying cigars come every day from France, doctors and others,
whose word can be trusted, say that they have seen strange
flying objects in the French skies.
to a French farmer he saw an engine moving at great speed
in the sky.
story is that a dozen men were seen coming out of it and
doing a ballet.
Rixhelm two men say they saw a cigar-shaped engine surrounded
by 12 satellite cigars.
lorry driver claims to have seen a flying mushroom. He says
he tried to approach it but he was stopped by a mysterious
member of the French National Assembly has asked the Government
to set up a commission to study "this phenomenon objectively
by extracting the truth from among the mistakes and possible
the police has received evidence that at least some French
men have been scoffing their neighbours. They have already
picked up two men for playing dangerous jokes. A retired
miner made some hot air balloons three yards in diameter
which he sent up with the aid of petrol saturated straw
attached to the bottom. This let off a yellowish flare to
the consternation of people who saw them at night. One of
the balloons set fire to a haystack and the man was arrested.
Another man spread the story that he had seen a flying cigar
which had landed and made three holes in a field. The police,
on investigation, found the holes had been made by the man
India, TRIBUNE, 16 October 1954, page 8
JETS CHASE FLYING SAUCER
Oct. 14. - Two French Air Force jet planes chased a "flying
saucer" reported near here today.
who saw in the sky a "white disc giving out white red
and violet lights" telephoned a nearby airbase which
sent up two fighters to investigate.
pilots radioed to base that they saw the object but it moved
away too fast for them to identify it - Reuter.
India, TRIBUNE, 18 October 1954, page 1
PHENOMENON IN CALCUTTA
Oct. 16. - Traffic came to a standstill in Calcutta's busiest
thoroughfare - Esplanade, when thousands of pedestrians
and passengers on moving vehicles stopped, curious to gaze
in silence at a wonderful phenomenon which appeared suddenly
like a piece of caprice of nature under the mid-day sun.
was a whirlwind, which started, perhaps, due to a change
in atmospheric conditions and appeared to have the punch
of the devil.
at a terrific speed, the tiny tornado, about 10 feet in
circumference, carried everything under its feet, high up
in the air, with a tremendous velocity.
round and round, like a passionate girl in a spree, it moved
from the Esplanade tram-terminus towards the west along
Mcterloney Road at 1:30 p.m. and then the crowd, to their
amazement, saw it change its course and at the south-eastern
corner of Raj Bhavan disappear in the void as suddenly as
it appeared. - U.P.I.
India, TRIBUNE, 18 October 1954, page 1
FROM MARS" SHOT AT IN FRANCE
(France), Oct. 16. - The "Marsian" craze in France
nearly cost a farmer at Sinceny (north France) his life.
was trying to repair his car last night when a neighbour,
taking him for a Marsian, fired two shots at him with a
hunting rifle. They whizzed past his head and struck the
body of the car.
farmer, Mr. Maurice Ruant, complained to the police who
soon identified the huntsman as Mr. Faisan.
what happened, the latter said: "When I saw a sihouette
moving in front of the headlights, I thought it was a Marsian
repairing his flying saucer. I went for my gun and opened
his good faith, Faisan will be prosecuted. - U.P.I. - A.F.P.
India, TRIBUNE, 19 October 1954, page 1
Frenchmen Talk With "Pilot" Of Flying Saucer
Oct. 17. - Two French motorcyclists swore here to-day that
they had talked to the "pilot" of a flying saucer
parked in the middle of the Hyeres-Toulon Road.
two men, Mariro Rapellini and Pierre Ottoviani, told the
police they found the flying saucer parked on Thursday night.
It was a circular object with two legs resting on the ground.
It had a bulge on top and two ear-like openings at the side.
As they gingerly approached, they said, a medium-sized man
"dressed in grey overalls of some strange material"
stepped out. The following conversation took place in French.
Rapellini: Are you a Martian?
stranger: 'No' (in French). Where am I?
told the pilot where he was. The pilot re-entered his machine
through a triangular opening. A stream of vapour issued
from the saucer and it rose slowly and vertically into the
air as its motor roared up. It then streaked off at a great
speed leaving an orange glow in its wake - Reuter.
India, TRIBUNE, 19 October 1954, page 7
NEWS AND NOTES
CANADA DEVELOPS "FLYING SAUCER"
(From Our London Correspondent)
surprise was caused here by reports that Russia has supersonic
atom bombers. The bombers, which fly faster than the speed
of sound, will enable the Soviet, in future wars, to strike
blows at distant countries. No details of these bombers
are known in London, but it is believed they are larger
and more powerful than America's B52. It was expected that
Russia, having produced atom bombs, would not long remain
without the aircraft to deliver them. But the Russians seem
to have done the job quicker than was expected.
TRAVEL OF TOMORROW
is not far off when first class passengers will travel by
helicopter from city centre to city centre. And tourist
class passengers will be carried at much cheaper rates between
airports outside the cities. This was revealed by Mr. Masefield,
chief executive of British European Airways, at a London
conference. When B.E.A. flies helicopters on international
services the fares are likely to be higher than those for
aeroplanes, but there would be considerable advantage in
time saved. B.E.A. carried over a million-and-half passengers
24 million miles last year - "not one of them was hurt."
Canada is reported to have developed a "Flying saucer".
The aircraft is believed to be a near circular machine with
a speed of 1,500 m.p.h. It will take off vertically and
will have a power-plant which will revolve inside a stationary
wing of nearly circular form, with a series of exhaust orifices
lining the outer rim of the disc. The news of the "Flying
saucer" was first given by a Canadian journal. Later
some details of this revolutionary aircraft appeared in
'Royal Air Force Review.' And now Sir Frank Frigs, the managing
director of Hawker-Siddeley group, has revealed that they
have under development a new aircraft engine and vertical
take-off plane. This obviously refers to Avro Canada's "Flying
India, TRIBUNE, 28 October 1954, page 4
Of "Flying Saucer" Stories
Oct. 25. - Iran is now enjoying a spate of "flying
strange objects of the flying saucer family are claimed
to have been seen in Teheran and elsewhere in Iran during
the past weeks.
flying saucer was reported to have landed at Hamadan, north-west
of Iran. The object was said to have been luminous and been
seen by the entire population of the town.
flying saucer was claimed to have been sighted in the early
hours of a morning by a resident of Teheran's radio station
area. The man, who reported this saucer, said that it was
on the ground, and that when he got within sixty feet of
it, he saw a man on board with a grim look. The man started
to laugh at him and then suddenly disappeared.
third saucer, reported near Teheran railway station, was
described as about 18 feet long. Strong beams of light were
coming from its rear and sides. A short fellow was piloting
the strange object, and was dressed in black from head to
toe. He was wearing a mask shaped like the trunk of an elephant.
Filly, a resident of the area, said that while he was looking
at this spectacle he suddenly felt that it was pulling him
skywards. It was only his screams that awakened the members
of his household, that saved him when the flying saucer
suddenly took off. This was reported as a "kidnap attempt"
- "by radio magnetic beams".
in the wake of these reports somebody from south-west of
Teheran reported a flying 'cigar' in his area. The flying
cigar was reported to be flying through the skies at a very
low speed and sending out a strong white light from its
rear. - P.T.I.
India, TRIBUNE, 3 November 1954, page 4
SAUCER OVER DIBRUGARH?
Nov. 1. - A bright cigar-shaped luminous body was seen on
the Dibrugarh sky this evening at 5:30 which ran at a great
speed from east to west.
bazar-going people of Khalihmari saw the luminous body which
was reported to have incandescent tail.
has caused a wide sensation among the public who thought
it to be a flying saucer. - U.P.I.
India, TRIBUNE, 9 November 1954, page 8
SCIENTIST BELIEVES IN EXISTENCE OF FLYING SAUCERS
Nov. 7. - Professor Hermann Oberth, one of West Germany's
foremost rocket and space flight scientists, said here today
it was "entirely imaginable" that flying saucers
came from other celestial bodies.
at least 34 cases the appearance of unknown flying objects
could not be satisfactorily explained by scientific means
known so far, he said in a lecture.
said the explanation for the failure of any occupant of
a flying saucer yet to disembark on the earth might be that
they were frightened of human beings or that they were equipped
with technical aids with which they could learn everything
about the earth without contact with its occupants.
Oberth said the planning of space ships had made such progress
that it was now theoretically possible to fly from the earth
to the planet Mars and back in six months.
three-stage rocket being developed in the United States
would be able to fly at five miles per second and reach
any point on earth within less than 45 minutes, he said.
India, TRIBUNE, 13 November 1954, page 10
OF MARTIANS" - A BIG HOAX
(North Italy), Nov. 11. - The Italian police have formally
charged a newspaper reporter and some youths with "spreading
false alarming news" about a landing of "Martians"
in a "flying saucer" south of here.
was a well-planned hoax, according to the charge.
said the silvery object was a big cloth and the "Martians"
were two boys in disguise.
reporter, who had witnessed the scene, sent a detailed story
to a Milan newspaper, which published it on its front page.
India, TRIBUNE, 14 October 1954, page 7
OBJECT WITH LONG TAIL SEEN OVER CALCUTTA
Nov. 12. - A bright luminous object with a long tail which
is reported to have been seen over sky in Calcutta on October
21 from the control tower of the Dum Dum airport, has started
a spate of speculation about flying saucers and Martian
authorities have a report from one of their technical officers
about his observation of this mysterious object.
officer while on duty at the tower on October 31 last at
about 6 p.m. suddenly found a flash in the sky which was
moving at a speed of more than 500 miles per hour at an
altitude of about 2,000 ft. The position of the object was
stated to be on the 340 degree bearing.
bright, white object had a long luminous tail of diffused
white light and was passing about five miles north of his
observation point. The light appeared about three or four
times brighter than an aircraft tail light and the "object"
disappeared from his view within a minute. It was steady
in its movement and disappeared gradually.
foreign aircraft, which was circling at that time, did not
report anything about it at the time of briefing.
Dum Dum Aerodrome Officer confirmed that such a thing had
been observed. He declined to make any comment, but said
he was sending the report to appropriate authorities.
Father F. Goreux, astronomer in-charge of the St. Xavier
College observatory and a senior professor of the Calcutta
University, commented: "It is not an astronomical object;
that is certain".
said he had also received telephone calls from some of his
acquaintances in the city, who claimed to have seen similar
object in the sky almost on the same date and time.
Goreux explained that absence of sound could be due to a
different mode of propulsion, unknown to us at present.
Its luminosity "may be a camouflage to hide its real
low speed and change of direction as had been observed in
such cases, he said, were not compatible with movements
of astronomical objects.
added: "To my mind, coolness of American scientific
authorities seems to be that they know about it. Had it
not been so they would not have remained silent about an
object which had also been observed in America years ago".
referred to a very interesting report which he read some
time back, in which it was stated that a pilot while chasing
such an object had his plane "blown to bits".
Goreux felt that the main thing was to collect observation
from all quarters to determine the truth about these objects.
India, TRIBUNE, 28 November 1954, page 1
SAUCER NEAR RUPAR?
Nov. 27. - A bright object believed to be a flying saucer
was noticed moving at a terrific speed from north-east to
south along the Nangal Hydel Channel near Rupar at about
11-30 a.m. yesterday.
it disappeared in the horizon, the "saucer" emitted
rainbow-shaped white smoke which changed into blue, red
and green hue.
hundred people watched the phenomenon near the canal bridge.
India, TRIBUNE, 6 December 1954, page 1
Saucer Lands Near Madras City?
Dec. 4. - Landing of a flying saucer in the Hamlet of Kariambakkam
in the suburbs of Madras City, on Saturday last is the talk
of the town.
whole hamlet, which has at least a hundred educated residents,
is agog with the story. The saucer "landed" in
an open space adjacent to the village road, at about 8-30
villagers said that the flying saucer was like a boat in
shape, with a dazzling light at the tail end. Many people
witnessed the landing, which was vertical, and swift. They
saw the object in the sky, and watched it coming down with
lightning rapidity, and before they could realize what was
happening, the object had landed.
rather incredulous part of the story was the claim that
there were three people in that saucer - or the flying "boat."
Two of them, it was stated, were men and one a woman. All
wore perfect "European dress."
this sight, the villagers ran into their homes and began
shutting doors and windows. Some of them said the occupants
of the flying boat invited them to come near them by gestures.
But they were so frightened they did not go.
five minutes, the flying saucer again rose vertically in
the sky and zoomed away out of sight, going up thousands
of feet. One of the reported eye-witnesses of this event
was the wife of a retired pilot officer - an educated lady.
by bit the story got around and the whole of Madras city
is now talking about the mysterious landing of the flying
India, TRIBUNE, 8 December 1954, page 6
SAUCERS IN BRAZIL?
PAOLO (Brazil), Dec. 7. - Three "flying saucers"
hovered almost motionless over an airbase here for an hour
and a half yesterday but disappeared when a jet plane, dispatched
on orders of the base commander, tried to chase them, base
their disappearing the "saucers" were said to
have described the arc of a circle in a vertical direction.
Three disc-shaped objects, presumably the same ones reappeared
in the sky shortly afterward.
appearance of the discs over the airbase caused panic among
military and civilian personnel but some of them reported
studying the objects at leisure through binoculars.
pilot of the jet refused to comment to newsmen when he landed.
He drew up a report for the base commander. - U.P.I. - A.F.P.
India, TRIBUNE, 11 December 1954, page 5
Blond Men In Flying Saucer?
(Spain), Dec. 9. - A large "flying saucer" with
a crew of two, propellers and two aerials like lightning-conductors
was reported to-day by a huntsman from Lecera, in Sargossa
said it landed on Mount Zuera, in the Alcubierre Sierra.
Its crew, the hunter added, were two "very blond men"
who spoke in a foreign tongue until they spotted him. They
then immediately climbed back into their machine, which
rose vertically at a great speed with a whistling sound.
The machine was described as being about 66 feet in diameter
and about 13 feet high. - U.P.I. - A.F.P.
India, TRIBUNE, 18 December 1954, page 6
SAUCERS NOT FROM OUTSIDE WORLD
Dec. 18. - President Eisenhower told his press conference
he had been assured it was wrong to believe that "flying
saucers" came from an outside planet.
made this comment when asked to give his opinion on flying
saucer phenomena and on reports that some European Governments
were investigating the problem.
President said nothing official at all had come to his attention
but an Air Force officer whom he trusted told him that as
far as he knew, it was completely inaccurate to believe
that flying saucers came froman outside planet.
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