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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'. 

15 Objects Traveling South
July 27, 1952
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fran Ridge:
July 27, 1952; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Biologist reported "flotilla" of rocket-like UFOs. [UFOE, VI]

Dan Wilson:
July 27, 1952; Ann Arbor, Michigan
10:40 a.m local. Dr. Charles H. Otis. observed a "flotilla" of rocket-like objects high in the sky to the east moving to the south. There were approximately 15 objects which appeared to be elongated with a split rear and absence of wings. No sound was heard from the objects. In the "bow" end of each "ship" was a relatively large and exceedingly bright glow. A bird glass (magnification near 5X) was obtained and then on, with the glass, he studied the objects until they disappeared at the horizon. Before they reached  the horizon, one "ship" left the flotilla and, describing what seemed to be a wide arc disappeared with a burst of speed that seemed incredible.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520727annarbor_report.pdf (Dan Wilson)

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