Case Directory
  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

Round 3' Aluminum Object At Great Speed
July 11, 1947
Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska

Brad Sparks:
July 11, 1947.  Elmendorf Air Base, Anchorage, Alaska (BBU)
11:00 a.m. (AHST).  AAF Col. Bruce H. Perry and Major William E. Geyser, 59th AACS Group, saw a round 2-3 ft or 10 ft aluminum or silver-metallic spherical object travel at great speed to the S at estimated altitude of 3,000 to 4,000 ft, below scattered clouds at 10,000 ft.  (Sparks;  Lara Elliott/NICAP website;  FBI files;  BB files;  McDonald list;  FOIA;  Saunders/FUFOR Index) 15-20 secs 2 witnesses 1/2 Full Moon

Supplemental Notes:
Lara Elliott's recent contribution (*) supplies the clues to finally lay to rest a long-standing date confusion. This incident occurred on July 11, 1947, proven by Dan Wilson who had found a teletype sent July 12, 1947, at 0047Z, in the Project SIGN microfilm collection at BBArchive, reporting it as occurring at 2100Z on July 11. (**) Another entry in the Chrono, Sept. 17, 1947, is now resolved as a mistake, a duplicate of the July 11, 1947, case and needs to be removed.  The precursor to Project SIGN, within AMC T-2 Technical Intelligence Division, mistakenly assigned a Sept 17 date to the identical (July 11) case data back in 1947. As we can see now from Lara's work, undated copies of the case floated around to the various intelligence agencies such as the FBI (and even within the AAF) and would get assigned bogus dates. 

NICAP Home Page