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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'. 

Seven Witnesses Observe Maneuvering Objects Near Oak Ridge Plant
Nov. 20, 1955
Lake City, Tennessee

Fran Ridge
Nov. 20, 1955; Lake City, Tenn. (BBU 3862)
5:20 p.m. Operations Officer Capt. B. G. Denkler and 5 men of the USAF 663rd AC&W Sq saw 2 oblong, bright orange, semi-transparent objects fly at terrific speed and erratically, toward and away from each other. (Berliner, UFOE, IX ) At  around 5:38 p.m. EST, at least 7 witnesses, including the five men from the 663rd observed elliptically shaped objects that appeared to be made of metal flying to the west at speeds estimated from hovering to 900 mph. Witnesses estimated the apparent size of the objects from a pea held at arm's length to that of a football held at arm's length. The actual size of the objects was estimated to be 100 to 200 feet long. After the visual sighting the 663rd AC&W Squadron direction center scrambled two F-86D aircraft to go after these objects. No completed intercept was accomplished. Presumably there were sightings of these objects at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, by 4 individuals. Lake City is approximately 20 miles north of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Objects were also sighted at Oak Ridge.

Brad Sparks:
Capt Denkler's first name was Edward not initial "B" and there were at least 11 witnesses altogether, at different locations. his is a poorly investigated case and not worth wasting time over.  The 4602d AISS "investigated" by telephone and mailing BB report forms (which they never got back).  The azimuths of the objects are all over the map, ranging from 200 to 280 degs, with no way to know if the 4602d screwed up or made typos or whether the witnesses were confused.  One witness allegedly said the objects were 20 degs to the right of the setting or just-set sun or <more>

Detailed reports and documents
reports/551120lakecity_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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