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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'. 

Faster-Than-Jet Disc Stops, Hovers Two Seconds, Accelerates
Aug. 9, 1952
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Brad Sparks:
Aug. 9, 1952; Lake Charles AFB, Louisiana (BBU 1870)
10:50 a.m. USAF A/3c J. P. Raley while walking to work saw a disc-shaped object fly south at 5,000 ft at high speed, turn west then [?] hover for 2 secs. 5-6 mins. (cf. Hynek ­CUFOS re-eval; Jan Aldrich)

Dan Wilson:
Aug. 9, 1952; Lake Charles AFB, Louisiana (BBU 1870)
1:45 a.m. A/3C Joseph F. Raley while walking to work observed a spherical disk-like object from a distance away of 3000 feet. The object was at an estimated altitude of 5000 feet. The object moved several hundred mph faster than any known jet aircraft. No sound was heard. The object was first seen moving N to S until it crossed the air base where it stopped and hovered for approximately 2 seconds, then took off to the west.  Project Blue Book Evaluation: UNIDENTIFIED

Fran Ridge:
Dan changed the time on the sighting to 1:45 a.m. as is was given in the observers questionnaire. See MAXW-PBB14-711. The 3000 foot distance "away" refers to a perpendicular line to the observer where the object's actual distance away would be the diagonal to the object at 5000', which would be more than that or about 5800 feet.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520809lakecharles_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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