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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

Oak Ridge Security Patrol Reports Objects At 50'
October 15, 1950
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Brad Sparks:
October 15, 1950; Oakridge, Tennessee (BBU 819)
3:25 p.m.  Involved AESS (Atomic Energy Security Service) Trooper Edward D. Rymer and John Moneymaker of University of Tennessee Research Farm. Described as a strange diving object shaped like bullet with a smoke trail. (Moneymaker saw a double pear-shape). The bullet or pear shape turned into a flat 2x5-inch grayish card shape with the smoke trail turning into a 20-ft long flat shimmering light gray ribbon-like streamer. It had a small black line running down middle, the streamer having a pulsating glow on the end of a 15-ft section, which was also partly transparent and maneuvered at 3 mph to within 210 feet of witnesses.
Rymer approached to within 50 ft (but object did not seem larger). The object was at 6-ft height above ground and maneuvered over the road at Solway Gate, which is near Kerr Hollow, to Oak Ridge, then jumped over a 9-ft chain link fence with a terrain-following maneuver (object turned vertical to follow the fence), then rose sharply to negotiate a 30-ft willow tree similarly. The card shape changed to pear shape with same trail while en route to disappearing at increased speed over top of a ridge to the SE about one mile away. Rymer called attention of Hightower, an employee of Maxon Construction Co., who was driving up to Solway Gate, who then saw object disappearing. AESS Capt. Joe Zarzecki arrived just after disappearance of first object but saw 2nd and 3rd. Second similar object appeared shortly afterward seen by all 4 witnesses for about 30 seconds at 300 ft height with similar shape and maneuvers disappearing over same ridge to SE. Then about 5 minutes later a third object with similar shapes and maneuvers, seen for 10 seconds at 500 feet height by all witnesses disappeared over same ridge to SE. One object had a double pear shape. (Berliner; FBI files; BB AFOSI microfilm 90 frames 636-637) ? mins + 30 sees + 10 seconds


For reports, documentation, analysis or discussions - see below:
 
Oak Ridge Sighting by Security Patrol - Quote from an FBI Document (Jerry Washington)
Forty Project B;ue Book documents (Robert Powell & Fran Ridge)
FBI Cover Letter (not original) dated 18 October 1950 - Objects Over Oak Ridge, October 12,15,16, 1950
FBI  incident report dated 15 Oct 1950, Page 1 of Inclosure #11
FBI  report dated 15 Oct 1950, Page 2 of Incl. #11
FBI  incident report dated 16 Oct 1950, Page 1 of Incl. #10
FBI  report dated 16 Oct 1950, Page 2 of Incl. #10
FBI  incident report dated 16 Oct 1950, Page 1 of Incl. #3
FBI  report dated 18 Oct 1950, Page 2 of Incl. #3
FBI  incident report dated 16 Oct 1950, Page 1 of Inclosure #3
FBI  report dated 16 Oct 1950, Page 2 of Inclosure #3
FBI  report dated 17 Oct 1950 - Object sighted over Oak Ridge, Pg.1
FBI  report dated 17 Oct 1950 - Object sighted over Oak Ridge, Pg.2
FBI  report dated 17 Oct 1950 - Object sighted over Oak Ridge, Pg.3
FBI  report dated 17 Oct 1950 - Object sighted over Oak Ridge, Pg.4
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