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"Orthoteny" And The Great French Flap

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 09:19:09 +0100
Archived: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 14:02:39 -0400
Subject: "Orthoteny" And The Great French Flap

Hello List

A mailer just steered me to this webpage from the '60s; which
mentions UFO patterns and Rome, which provoked interest because
I'd already got something on a sighting there. However I was
unaware of the "great French flap" of 1954 (which actually seems
to have covered much of western Europe and lasted a bit longer
than mentioned). It raises a question: are ufologists working on
this `orthoteny' hypothesis?


Go Find for "orthoteny" - ie with quotes

[Extract Begins]

"To be accepted by science as a fact any phenomenon must
necessarily be repeatable or show some kind of pattern, and
until 1954 the erratic UFO did not fulfil any of these
requirements. The only thing that could possibly be done was to
take the reports of witnesses and note them down; but even this
was not truly scientific, for testimony is really the field of
the lawyer and not the scientist.

But, despite what he may tell you to the contrary, thc scientist
has not got this excuse now. On September 17th, 1954, it
vanished for ever with the discovery of the first "orthoteny".

Orthotenies are alignments, or, more strictly speaking, great
circle courses, plotted by taking UFO sightings (usually during
a "flap", the term used for a concentration of sightings) that
occur within any particular day. They were first discovered by
Aime Michel (a French scientist) during the great French flap of
1954, which, lasting just a month (from September 17 to October
17), was one of the greatest in modern history and forms the
basis for Michel's book Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line

This book is really a monumental work of documented evidcnce,
and in it Michel tells of how he first discovered orthoteny
after his friend the poet Jean Cocteau had told him to see
whether the objects moved along certain lines or traced out
patterns. He tried this out with sightings on September 17th at
the beginning of the flap, and found his first orthoteny,
stretching from Cenon through Clermont-Ferrand and Chaudolas to
terminate at Rome."

[Extract ends]

Already had a translation of a report from an Italian diplomat
(Console?) who happened to be in Rome on the 6th of Nov 1954

and a photo presumably taken that day (the "cross shape" is

BTW - although I'm not certain (too young to recall) it seems our
trusty MSM did their usual trick of down-playing or even
suppressing those eye-witness reports.


Ray D

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