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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'. 

High-Speed Object Maneuvers Over Mountains
May 12, 1952
Roswell, New Mexico

Fran Ridge:
May 12, 1952; 40 mi. west of Roswell, New Mexico (BB)
8:45 PM (MST). Restricted document shows an unidentified flying object was sighted by Tech. Sgt. Raymond Bare. The object was blue-green in color and its estimated altitude above the terrain was 30,000 to 40,000 feet. The object traveled three times over approximately the same triangular course. Rate of speed could not be precisely estimated but was faster than that of jet aircraft. Intensity of color brightness varied with the objects altitude. This Air Intelligence Information Report * is the source of this report. (AF Form 112, Fran Ridge) [The Air Force "explanation" is ridiculous: "VENUS" **]

Brad Sparks:
May 12, 1952.  Roswell, New Mexico (BBU)
8:45 p.m. (MST).  Walker AFB USAF Tech Sgt Raymond Bare was in a car in downtown Roswell when he saw a blue-green light, first star-like then apparently round, at an estimated altitude of 20,000 to 30,000 feet and estimated distance of 40-50 miles over some [low] mountains E of Ruidosa at about 270° due W of Sgt Bare.  The object traveled three times over approximately the same S-N, E-W “swaying” triangular course at a speed that seemed faster than a jet.  Object ascended vertically to about 40,000 to 50,000 ft then back again to 20,000-30,000 ft [elevation angles ~10° to ~5°] at a descent angle of about 25° from horizontal.  (Sparks; Fran Ridge/NICAP;  BB files) 25 mins 1 witness ***

Venus was on the other side of the Earth at the time of this sighting and could not possibly have been seen.  Venus did not rise until about 4:30 AM (in the E of course).  Set about 5:45 PM in the late afternoon when it would not even be visible (Sun was over an hour from setting only about 12° from Venus and its blinding glare would have prevented it from being seen).

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