Case Directory
  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'. 

Orange Ball With Tail
June 12, 1952
Fort Smith, Arkansas

Brad Sparks:
June 12, 1952; Ft. Smith, Arkansas (BBU 1269)
7:30 p.m. U.S. Army Major and Lt. Colonel using binoculars saw an orange ball with a tail fly with a low angular velocity. (Berliner)

Dan Wilson:
June 12, 1952; Ft. Smith, Arkansas (BBU 1269)
7:30 p.m.  Lt. Col. William L. Wilkins and Major Kenneth W. Washbourne observed an object in the northern sky. The object was travelling generally in a western direction and was almost directly north of their position. It was at an angle of approximately 30 degrees above the horizon and appeared to maintain a constant altitude. It appeared to have an orange glowing head and a well defined tail of smoke or vapor. The object was observed for a period of time (from 10 to 15 minutes) until it disappeared below the horizon to the west. The object was viewed through a pair of German Field glasses 7 x 50 and the color appeared a little deeper in view than when observed by the naked eye.

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