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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'. 

October 9, 1951Hulman CAA / Pilot Case (BBU)
Oct. 9, 1951
Terre Haute, Indiana

Brad Sparks:
Oct. 9, 1951; 5 miles E of Terre Haute, Indiana (BBU)
1:42 [1:43?] p.m. (CST). CAA Chief Aircraft Communicator Roy Messmore at Holman Municipal Airport saw a flash on the distant SE horizon then a growing pinpoint of a rapidly approaching object appearing as a silvery "flattened tennis ball" when directly overhead disappearing to the NW [or SE??] after traveling from horizon to horizon in 15 secs, no sound or trail. Sighting by pilot Charles Warren at 5,000 ft flying W from Greencastle, Ind., to Paris, Ill., located E of Paris (about 15 miles NW of Terre Haute) at 1:45 p.m. CST of silvery "flattened orange" appearing stationary at first to the left rear (SE? or E? towards Holman Airport?) for a few secs (or longer?) then Warren banked in a tight left turn to pursue the object when it suddenly picked up speed and headed off NE towards the S of Newport, Ind. (Berliner; cf. Ruppelt pp. 112-3; GRUDGE Rpt 1)

Fran Ridge:

These reports are Items #11 and #12 on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. Of special interest here is the fact that the first report was Case Number 985 of the 701 "Unknowns" listed by Air Force Project Blue Book. The Paris, Illinois, sighting that further supports the assertion that something unknown and shaped "like a flattened sphere" was observed, is item #12, but was not listed separately as an unknown. On the last leg of the UFO's flight, according to official Air Force records (Project Grudge Status Report No.4), "the object then started to travel in a northeasterly direction south of the Newport, Indiana, Atomic Energy Plant.".

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