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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 3  


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'. 

Squarish Objects Observed By Tower Crew
April 24, 1952
Milton, Mass.

Brad Sparks:
April 24, 1952; Great Blue Hill nr. Milton, Mass. (BBU 1148)
2:30 p.m. (EST) AF Cambridge Research Center, Radar Systems Lsb, Electronics Research Div, electronics engineers, Alfred P. Furnish and Herbert J. Brun, and MIT electrical engineering senior Joseph Page, were in an observation tower on top of Great Blue Hill saw to the NW 2 very thin flat, dull reddish orange squarish objects with no corners or ovals pulled in at the waist about 10-15 ft wide, with a lip around outer edges, fly wobbly in consistently undulating "swooping" motion in horizontal flight at about 2,000 ft altitude. Objects then climbed about 15° elevation at an estimated 240 mph, then flew away and disappeared due to distance. No trail or exhaust, no sound, visibility 70+ miles. [Unclear whether observers used 6x aircraft tracking telescope.] (Berliner; FUFOR Index; Loren Gross Jan-May 1952)

Dan Wilson:
April 24, 1952; Great Blue Hill near Milton, Massachusetts (BBU 1148)
The objects were viewed through a standard U.S. Army Battery Commander's telescope (H. C. M65) which was mounted on a unit
equipped with hand wheels and other controls. The objects were observed for approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes.

Martin Shough:
In my personal opinion I'd rate this one as somewhere between 3 and 4. It's really weird - as reported - but we just don't have enough info to force a 5. The kite-like or debris-like fluttering and the *possibility* of misjudged size/distance/speed are enough to keep it below 4 in spite of the strange motion and appearance.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520424milton_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/520424milton_report2.htm (Martin Shough)

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