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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'. 

B-29 Crew Sees UFOs Before B-36 Mock Attack On Detroit
July 27, 1952
Selfridge AFB, Michigan

Brad Sparks:
July 27, 1952; Selfridge AFB, Mich. (BBU 1680)
10:05 a.m. 3 B-29 bomber crewmen on ground saw many round, white objects fly straight and level, very fast. Two at 10:05, one each at 10:10, 10:15, 10:20. (Berliner)

Dan Wilson:
July 27, 1952; Selfridge AFB, Michigan (BBU 1680)
10:05 a.m. Witnesses: three B-29 bomber crewmen on ground saw many round, white objects that flew straight and level, very fast; two at 10:05, one at 10:10, one at 10:15, one at 10:20. Each object was seen for about 30 seconds. The sightings were made from center of ramp of Selfridge AFB, on a direct course from north to south over the base. Reliability of observers is very dependable. The observers were three members of B-29 SAC crew, Capt. Cyril Rogers Jr., 1st Lt. Malvin W. Samuel, and S/Sgt  Kenneth E. Klink, all members of 365th Bombardment Squadron, MacDill AFB, Florida.

Fran Ridge:
The BBU# (1680) shows that this was a Air Force official "unknwn", and the documents show that eight F-94 aircraft were in the  local area under Ground Control Intercept climbing to intercept B-36 aircraft entering the area from northeast. These aircraft were over Selfridge Field twenty minutes later than the sightings (UFOs). These B-36 aircraft are no doubt the B-36's from the 7th Bombardment wing on their mock bombing attack on Detroit, on this day 27 July 1952. *

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