In Case You Missed It: The Washington Post on France’s Opening Up of Its Previously Classified UFO Files

The Washington Post, in 2007, reported on the opening of France’s previously classified UFO files. Here’s the link to the article.

The article focused on two key incidents revealed in the documents—one of children witnessing a UFO and one of an Air France encounter. Here’s the children’s UFO incident:

In one of the cases investigators consider most credible, a 13-year-old boy and his 9-year-old sister were watching over their family’s cows near the village of Cussac on Aug. 29, 1967, when the boy spotted “four small black beings” about 47 inches tall, according to documents released Thursday. Thinking they were other youngsters, he shouted to his sister, “Oh, there are black children!” But as they watched, the four beings became agitated and rose into the air, entering the top of what appeared to be a round spaceship, about 15 feet in diameter, which hovered over the field. Just as the sphere rose up, one of the passengers emerged from the top, returned to the ground to grab something, then flew back to the sphere. The sphere rose silently in a spiral pattern, then “became increasingly brilliant” before disappearing with a loud whistling sound. It left “a strong sulfur odor after departure,” the report said. The children raced home in tears and their father summoned the local police, who “noted the sulfur odor and the dried grass at the reported place where the sphere took off,” the report continued. Investigators said they were impressed by the uniformity of detail provided by the children and other witnesses. “No rational explanation has been given to date of this exceptional meeting,” the investigation concluded.

And here’s the Air France UFO encounter:

One of the most detailed inquiries involved the report of an Air France crew flying near Paris on Jan. 28, 1994. Three crew members spotted a large reddish brown disk “whose form is constantly changing and which seems very big in size.” As the passenger plane crossed its trajectory, the object “disappeared on the spot,” the report said. Radar signatures confirmed an object of the same size and location described by the crew and led investigators to conclude that “the phenomenon is not explained to date and leaves the door open to all the assumptions.”

Here’s the link to the French site. And here is the captain of the Air France flight that the Washington Post article refers to, describing his experience to a  National Press Club audience in Washington DC (November 2007):

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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