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Iconic Belgian UFO Claimed To Be A Hoax

From: Joe McGonagle <joe.mcgonagle.nul>
Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 16:03:06 +0100
Archived: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 11:42:09 -0400
Subject: Iconic Belgian UFO Claimed To Be A Hoax

July 26, 2011 1:16 p.m.

RTL (Belgian television station)


Video of interview at link above (in French), accompanying text
translated using Google and with corrections below. I suspect
'Frigolite' is similar to Polystyrene.

Thanks to Jean-Michel Abrassart of EuroUFOnet for the lead.


The mystery of the famous UFO from the 1990s revealed: "A hoax"

The photo had been around the world and was analyzed by the most
eminent specialists. None had solved the mystery of the UFO and
Petit Rechain became the emblem of the Belgian UFO wave of the
90s. Eighteen years later, the author unveils the answer.

The end of 1989 and the 90's were marked by a mysterious UFO
flap in Belgium. The sightings were never explained}. Emblem of
the phenomenon: a picture of a triangular UFO with three lights,
one in each corner, taken April 4, 1990 in Petit Rechain, near
Verviers, by Patrick, a young turner-fitter of 20 years. The
slide would travel around the world, would be discussed by
leading experts up to and including the Belgian Royal Military

A frigolite panel

But the enigmatic image does not reveal it's secret, resolutely
impervious to human reason. "The puzzled scientists: it is a
material phenomenon and artificial, but what?", "The thing",
"The mystery remains," " a real phenomenon, coherent, original,
" A slide scanned at the scanner": these comments were printed
in the press at the time, it's what Samuel Ledoux read this
morning in the newspaper clippings kept by Patrick at home. But
our reporter did not visit Patrick to read the newspapers of the
time. Today, Patrick has revealed the explanation of one of the
greatest mysteries in Belgium from the last decade of the second

UFO enthusiasts, addicted to the Damned, lovers of mystery will
be disappointed: the Petit Rechain UFO is not a spaceship from a
distant galaxy, but a frigolite panel painted with three spots.
A craft, constructed and photographed over a few hours in the
evening, a joke, inspired by the wave of UFO born a few months
earlier which sought to trick Patrick's colleagues at the small
business where Patrick worked. But now, the joke will leave the
walls of the plant. "We did not think it would come out of the
factory where we worked. It went much further than we expected
it to go" acknowledges the microphone of Samuel Patrick Ledoux.

Resistance to all analysis

The picture soon became the symbol of the UFO wave of 90 years
in Belgium. It intrigued the world, including experts from NASA.
"Many people have worked on it," says Patrick, who thought that
some day or other experts would eventually highlight the
deception. "But they didn't discover anything," concludes
Patrick proudly. Twenty years later, a false witness decided to
reveal the truth. Why now? "We must say at one time or another,"
Patrick responds quietly as he apologized to all those who
believed, [?however, saying that if it again, he referred?].
What conclusion does he draw from this? "It is possible to fool
everyone with an [animated?] model in frigolite".

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