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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'. 

V-Formation Flying Fast
July 26, 1952
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico

Brad Sparks:
July 26, 1952; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (BBU 1637)
12:05 a.m. Airman 1st Class J. M. Donaldson saw 8-10 orange balls in triangular or V-formation flying fast. 3-4 secs. (Berliner)

Fran Ridge:
July 26, 1952; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico (BBU 1637)
12:05 a.m. The Air Intelligence Information Report was filled out in accordance with AFL 200-5. It states that Airman 1st Class J. M. Donaldson was standing near the Service Club when he saw 8, 9, or 10 bright orange objects flying in a triangular formation, with the wedge appearing to be open. At ground level they were at 30-degree elevation, north of his position and moving W to E. The speed of the objects was faster than any aircraft he had ever seen and he observed them for about 3 or 4 seconds.  He never saw any exhaust or trail. Ceiling was unlimited, visibility approximately 50 miles, winds N at 16 mph. Reliability of witness considered excellent. Listed as Unidentified. (Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520726kirtland_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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