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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Distant Encounter is usually an incident involving an object more than 500 feet from the witness. At night it is classified as a "nocturnal light" (NL) and during the day as a "daylight disc" (DD). The size of the object or the viewing conditions may render the object in greater detail but yet not qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter which is an object within 500'. 

Five "Turtle-Backed" Objects Headed NE (Sound Heard)
July 7, 1947
Lakeland, Florida

Brad Sparks:
July 7. 1947. Lakeland. Florida (BBU)
Bet. [?] 1-2 p.m. (EST). Sign painter Griffin saw 5 round shiny objects in the NE climbing at 7.500 ft; shrill noise heard. (Sparks; Battelle/BBSR14 ?: Mary Castner/CUFOS; Saunders/FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
July 7, 1947; Lakeland, Florida (BBU)
Bet. 1 & 2 p.m. EST. Mr. Hiram William Griffin saw 5 turtle-backed shaped objects at an estimated altitude of 5,000 to 7,500 feet. The objects appeared to be climbing at a fast rate of speed to the northeast. A swishing noise that seemed to sing with more or less a shrill whine was heard. The objects climbed out of sight after approximately 15-30 seconds.

Fran Ridge:
In February of 1949, the Project SIGN Report (page 19) described what the Air Force had discovered in the reports up to that time: "Group 1 - The most numerous reports indicate the daytime observation of metallic disk-like objects, roughly in diameter ten times their thickness. There is some suggestion that the cross-section is asymmetrical and rather like a turtle shell. Reports agree that these objects are capable of high acceleration and velocity; they often are sighted in groups, sometimes in formation. Sometimes they flutter." (This case is also flagged for sound)

Jan Aldrich:
This case was explained as psychological. That is, the guy was chatty and made a model of the UFO he claimed he saw. Hynek thought the AF's explanation out of line. He said that just because the witness was excited about his observation and was into artistic, crafty stuff, so that he could produce a model, did not disqualify him as a witness. The AF investigators may have not said in more direct terms that they thought him a flake. It is an interesting case. One of the few which is found in the message traffic at the time indicating that most cases were handled by telephone calls rather than formal messages.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470707lakeland_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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