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
April 15, 1957; Eglin AFB, Florida (BB)
12:00 p.m. CST. While watching a B-47 aircraft on landing approach, Smith and Rhodes, Philco Technical Representatives at Eglin AFB, observed an egg shaped object that was stationary and then began to accelerate at first slowly and then with a greatly increased rate. When the object moved out of sight it appeared to be going at least Mach 2 or 3. The length of observation was 15 seconds. The Project Blue Book conclusion for this sighting was a Mirage.
Mirage is a ludicrous explanation in every respect. The observers saw the object move in a sweeping arc over an estimated 35 degrees of elevation - tens of times larger than any conceivable angular ascent due to mirage - and 30 degrees of azimuth which is flatly impossible. There is no justification at all in the report for BB's claim "obj definitely following or associated with the a/c" and no basis, either reportorial or scientific, for "optical phenomena associated with turbulance". BB can't even *spell* turbulence.
Detailed reports and documents
reports/570415eglinafb_report.htm (Dan Wilson)