Case Directory
  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

150' Silvery Disc Reported By Former Navy Gunner
Feb. 22, 1953
Erie, Pennsylvania

Fran Ridge:
This report is case #40, on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. Erie, Pa., February 22, 1953. Former Navy gunner, now plane spotter, reported silvery disc, with very brilliant glow, estimated to be at least 150 feet in diameter.

Dan Wilson:
Feb. 22, 1953; Erie, Pennsylvania 
At 3:30 p.m.EST, Claire Range on duty station with GOC at Lake Erie reported to the Buffalo Filter Center the observation of a silvery chrome object saucer like in shape 100 to 150 feet in diameter about 1 and 1/4 miles out over Lake Erie going west. No propulsion system observed and no sound was observed. The object was reflecting light brightly. Claire Range was a former Navy gunner.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530222erie_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

NICAP Home Page