Category 1, Distant Encounters
Preliminary Rating: 5
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
Aug. 11, 1955; Iceland (BBU 3699)
11:45 a.m. USAF 2nd Lt. E. J. Marlow saw 12 grey objects, from cigar to egg shaped, vary formation from elliptical to wavy line to scattered to straight line to trail formation. Speed varied from hovering to 1,000 mph. (Berliner)
August 11, 1955; Iceland
The observer, 2nd Lt. Edward J. Marlow, was of the 57th Fighter Interceptor Squadron. Shape changed from cigar to egg-shaped on some of these objects, which differs from original discription above. Radar out of operation at the time.
Except for balloons, which the Air Force ruled out, the sighting in this remote location is indicative of something highly unusual taking place. This is yet another incident which normally could have been "downgraded" as insufficient data but the analysts properly opted to list it as an unknown (3639).
Detailed reports and documents
reports/550811iceland_report.htm (Dan Wilson)