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Mirage IV - French supersonic bomber
On March 7, 1977, at 20:34, Major René Giraud had engaged the automatic pilot of a bomber nuclear-capable supersonic Mirage IV he was flying with Captain John Paul Abraham as your browser. They were returning from a night navigation exercise to Luxeuil Air Base and were in the Chaumont area in the department of Haute Marne, flying at an altitude of 9750 meters and a speed of Mach 0.9 in excellent visibility conditions.
They noticed a bright light coming straight at their Mirage on a collision course with them, and they had first thought was that this could be a jet fighter, but when they radioed to ground control Contrexéville to report it and obtain an identification, they learned that the ground radar showed nothing and that no other aircraft was known to be in this sector. The ground controller asked them to check their oxygen, which indicates that he probably thought that the crew may have hallucinations.
The light seemed to become progressively larger as it approached their aircraft in their right rear. The pilot was flying at Mach 0.98 and made a right turn then to the left to ascertain the nature of light. While they were performing these maneuvers, both were able to distinguish the light was in front of a dark massive object. Despite their evasive maneuver, the unidentified object just managed to stay behind for a few seconds, a very dangerous situation if the unknown object had hostile intentions. Then the object made a turn toward the northwest at an estimated speed of Mach II, and went to the left of the Mirage IV.
Giraud said later that although the object has been left at that time, he felt as observed, and said to Abraham: "You will see, it will return."
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About 45 seconds later, the unidentified flying object or another one exactly similar reappeared at the rear right of the Mirage, and Giraud performed a second time the evasive maneuver, banking even sharper to the right at 6.5G then again to the left, while the UFO also performed the same pass than the first one, and then sped away.
Internal discussion in the Air Forces about the incident made clear that the unidentified object was could only have been supersonic, although no sonic boom were reported in the area at that time, that no other known traffic was in the area, and that it was highly anomalous that the UFO did not appear on the ground control radarscope.
All the radio conversations between the crew and ground control were recorded and kept for some time, which allowed a written transcript.
Giraud, who came out of the Air Force with the rank of Colonel, expressed himself publicly on several occasion, including on French national TV, about this experience. While not ready to speculate on the nature of the object, he made clear that the UFO performed active maneuvers in reaction to the presence of the Mirage, and reactive maneuvers when the Mirage IV took evasive action, as if an intelligence piloted it.
Interview with René Giraud
Giraud, René (Colonel)
"That evening, in command of the Arbois bomber squadron, I have just carried out a night flight exercise on board a Mirage IV bomber with my navigator, Captain Jean-Paul Abraham. We return to Luxeuil at an altitude of 9750 meters and at an approximate speed of 1000 kilometers per hour. We are above Chaumont when a gleaming light arrives toward us. It is identical to the signalisation headlight of a Mirage III jet fighter. Does the controller radar of Contrexéville sleep? The object continues to approach, on the same level than us... It's not normal, he should remain below. I warn the ground controller, but he says to me that there is absolutely nothing. And that thing approaches... It is not a plane, it is not a missile. I gently start to turn to the right. And it remains inside my turn, stuck to my trajectory. At once, I bank sharply. This object is straightforwardly pacing us at less than 1 km in our back as taking position to shoot us down! It flies much more quickly than me... And this will last 40 seconds! There is absolutely nothing I can do... I slow my turn down, and this thing leaves at an unbelievable speed! 30 seconds after I had taken the direction of the Air base again, I say to my navigator: "Careful, that thing will come back!... I feel that I am being observed! I turn very sharply to the right after having put the engines at full thrust. The object plays the same game again. And there, it come very near. I have an impression of a shape and large mass behind us, much larger than my Mirage. Jean-Paul tries to take photographs. I slightly reverse my turn and the light goes again towards the West with a fantastic acceleration, producing some sort of a trail... When we landed at Luxeuil, we were shaken..."
Another major case, which has been cited by Jacques Patenet on the TV program "C dans l'air," above mentioned, is a very close confrontation with a UFO in the air by a military pilot, Colonel Giraud, aboard a Mirage IV nuclear bomber in 1977. It was already presented, prominently, in the Cometa report in 1999.
The Cometa Report
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Jacques Vallee discussing the 1977 Mirage IV Jet-Pilot UFO Encounter
& The 1956 Orly Airport Incident