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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 Objects In Formation At High Speed During Mainbrace
Sept. 14, 1952
Atlantic, bt. Ireland & Iceland

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 14, 1952; N. Atlantic, bt. Ireland & Iceland (BBU 2087)
Military personnel from several countries aboard ships in the NATO Operation MAINBRACE exercise. Sightings include a blue-green triangle flying 1,500 mph and 3 objects in triangular formation giving off white light exhaust at 1,500 mph. (Berliner)

Fran Ridge:
Sept. 14, 1952; N. Atlantic, bt. Ireland & Iceland (BBU 2087)
No time given. Various military personnel observed three objects in triangular formation that flew at high speed bearing 320-degrees. Objects were in level flight at estimated altitude of 1000 meters. One document describes an officer in a British destroyer who reported seeing a bluish-glowing triangle speeding across the sky at 930 mph. (Locatrion: 55-degrees 29' N 14 degrees 552' E.) Another report states "para bodies" observed in triangular formation apexed to the south that changed bearing from 320 to 240 in 5-10 seconds. Appeared to be light from exhaust.

Capt. Edward J. Ruppelt:
In late September 1952 the NATO naval forces had held maneuvers off the coast of Europe; they were called Operation Mainbrace. Before they had started someone in the Pentagon had half seriously mentioned that Naval Intelligence should keep an eye open for UFO's, but no one really expected the UFO's to show up. Nevertheless, once again the UFO's were their old unpredictable selves - they were there.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520914NAtlantic_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/5209XXmainbrace_ruppelt.htm (Capt Edward J. Ruppelt)

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