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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'. 

Three Groups of Witnesses See Strange Lights
July 19/20, 1952
Elkins Park, PA & Lavalette, NJ

Fran Ridge:
This is apparently case #9 of Major Dewey Fournet's "motions study" UFOs cases as presented to the Robertson Panel in January of 1953, whereby he deduced that UFOs were guided by intelligence and the flight characteristics indicated that the intelligence was beyond "us".

Brad Sparks:

July 19, 1952; Elkins Park, Penna (BBU 1494)
11:35 p.m. USAF pilot Capt. C. J. Powley and wife saw 2 star-like lights maneuver, hover and speed. 5-7 mins. (Berliner) At 2335 hours EST, Capt. Joe David Scalpone, USAF rated pilot for 10 years, and his wife La Juana, observed two star-like objects high in the sky flying at extra-ordinary velocity.

July 20, 1952; Lavalette, New Jersey; and Elk Park, Penna. (BBU 1504)
12:20-12:25 a.m. 3 independent groups of witnesses, including Seton Hall Univ. chemistry professor Dr. A. B. Spooner (on a yacht in the Delaware River near Philadelphia), saw 2 large orange-yellow lights with some dull red color fly in trail, turn and circle observers. First seen to the S at about 40° elevation, then E, N, W, and S again but at elevation 80°. Stellar magnitude about -3 to -5. AF pilot in Elk Park estimated 10°/min angular velocity accelerating up to 2°/sec. No sound. 5-6 mins. (Hynek UFO Rpt pp. 73-77)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520719lavalette_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/520719elkins_report.htm (Joel Carpenter)

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