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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'. 

Seven Pilots Observe Huge Object
April 3, 1952
Benson (Airport), Arizona

Dan Wilson:
April 3, 1952; Benson, Arizona. (BBU)
8:23 a.m. MST  Pilot of a T-6 aircraft and six other pilots on the ground, saw a bright silver circular object 5 or 6 times the size of a B-29 at an estimated 55,000 ft.  C. M Jasper, Squadron Commander & Flight Instructor, Marana AFB, sitting in a landed T-6 aircraft at the Benson Airport, took a fix on the object in relation to the top of the canopy at 0823. Paul Wilkerson, Flight instructor, Chauncey (Chick) P. Logan, Flight Instructor, Marana AFB, Cadet Plucinsky, Chuck (Skeet) Taylor, Airport Manager were some of the other witnesses.  Jasper kept continous fixes on the object and it did not move the slightest fraction until 0914 when the object disappeared. Cadet Plucinsky flying above Benson airport, said when he spotted the object; "It looks like a flying saucer." Object hovered for over 51 minutes then suddenly disappeared. (Project 1947; FUFOR Index, BB files)

Detailed reports and documents
docs/520403benson_docs.pdf (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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