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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'. 

B-36 Without Wings
April 2, 1952
Lake Meade, Nevada

Fran Ridge:
April 2, 1952, Lake Mead, Nevada (BB)
9:00 am MST. While on a fishing trip to Lake Meade with his wife and a friend, Master Sergeant Sheldon Smith observed a UFO. It was silver in color, very large and at a tremendous altitude. It was described as a B-36 without wings. Observed right after a flight of F-86's overflew the area at about 15,000'. His friend was also a M/Sgt Lester Gossett. After watching the hovering object for about an hour, which was much higher than the vapor trails from the F-86's, it suddenly disappeared. Smith filed his report with an intelligence officer in accordance with AF requests to report such observations. (AIR, BB files).
Detailed reports and documents
docs/MAXW-PBB9-1214-1219.pdf (Fran Ridge & Dan Wilson)

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