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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'. 

Object Zig-Zags Over Base
April 5, 1952
Kadena AFB, Okinawa

Dan Wilson:
April 5, 1952; Kadena AFB, Okinawa (BB)
12:00 a.m. local time (approx). A/1C P.T. Burnett, T/Sgt S. Ball, A/1C J.W. Johnston, and A/1C J.C. Holder of the 372nd Bomb Squadron, while in the tent area, observed an unidentified object flying an erratic course from the north horizon to the base area and then maneuvered over the base with violent high speed zig-zagging, stopping momentarily, and then maneuvering. Finally the object shot up out of sight to the west. All maneuvering was done at speeds higher that any conventional jet aircraft. The speed was estimated at 1000 knots. The object was a white steady noiseless light at an estimated altitude of 20,000 feet. The total time of observation was 10 minutes. (BB files)

Jan Aldrich:
Please note this report was obtained through a Ruppelt intiative. The USAF was debriefing returning aircrew from the Korean War. Ruppelt was able to insert a question which asked if aircrews encounter UFOs during their tour. In fact, it was the first question asked in the lsit of questions.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520405kadena_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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