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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'. 

Strange Object Over Sydney Sparks Official Interest
May 3, 1952
Sydney, Australia

Fran Ridge:
May 3, 1952; Sydney, Australia.
Morning. Two airline pilots and a Royal Australian Air Force officer watched a spectacular object that sped through the skies on a course between Parks and Sydney. Another version was related by a Mr. William Anderson who asserted he viewed the UFO from a location on the outskirts of Sydney with two companions. He described an "airship or flying submarine carrying winking colored lights" that exceeded an airliner in size by three to four times. (UP dispatch, Loren Gross, UFOs A History, pgs. 69 & 70/ ref 247 Holledge, Stephen, Flying Saucers Over Australia, Melbourne, Horwitz, 1965, pp. 31-32) Australian Air Force Intelligence m the person of Wing Commander I. L. Campbell directed that newspaper stories of UFO manifestations on May 3rd be collected and studied, meteorologists consulted, and interrogations conducted if it was considered advisable When Lt. Colonel George A. Uhrich, the United States Air Force's Air Attache assigned to the American Embassy learned of the Australian Air Force UFO file being compiled he requested access to the material and forwarded selected ' excerpts to Project BLUE BOOK.  The possibility the object had been a brilliant bolide was immediately apparent, yet the duration of the thing's passage was seven minutes, an incredible period of time for a meteor. The Australian military took the case seriously enough to thoroughly interrogate Anderson.248. "

Brad Sparks:
Meteor.  I can't see where Loren Gross got 7 minutes' duration -- I don't see that anywhere.  Witnesses said "a few seconds" 4-5 secs, 10 secs, etc. up to 60 secs.  Ex-RAAF Capt and friend said it was a "meteorite" that broke up.  RAAF analysis noted that everyone saw it to the S but impressions that it was a few miles away were obviously wrong as the southernmost witness 50 miles to the S of the northernmost witness still saw it to the S too so it had to be at least 50+ miles away. Time was 6:10 AM not 5:45 which must be one poor-quality witness's erroneous time.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520503australia_report2.htm (Rich Vitello & Fran Ridge)
docs/MAXW-PBB10-403-411.pdf (Fran Ridge)
docs/NARA-PBB1-51-52.pdf (Meteor explanation, BB docs)

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