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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'. 

Pair Of UFOs Elude F-100's
March ? 1957
New York, New York

Fran Ridge:
March ?, 1957; New York, New York
11:30-12:00 PM. Two airmen on their way to midnite chow noticed what they thought was an unusually brite pair of stars.  But, while they watched, the lights moved. At first the reporting witness thought his eyes were playing tricks on him and he asked his companion if he saw the movement also, and in which he gave an affirmative answer. While they watched them they moved in a rather silly erratic flight with no apparent reason, they maneuvered in a series of short jirks and bursts of speed to the front, rear, up and down while changing color slowly from a brillant white to a reddish orange.  They're jerky movements were only a few hundred feet at a time while changing altitude from 1,000 to 2000 feet estimated. After watching them for several minutes at a distance of about a half a mile away he called Base Operations and reported the objects and their approximate position and altitude.  What he learned from the operations officer is that he was going to call their GCA (Ground Control Approach) and see if they were picking up anything on their scopes.  They were, and two F-100's were sent up to investigate.  He guessed the pilots decided to approach them from a dive because they climbed to about 4,000 ft. and dove on the pair, and shortly after the dive started, the UFO.s  took off in a level flight. When the F-100's began to gain speed the UFO's dove straight down within about 200 ft of the ground and continued to climb and dive too quickly for the jets to follow them, then climbed out of sight in about 10 or 15 seconds. (Fran Ridge, Rich Vitello)

Mary Hoyer:
I have always been amazed by it, an army man writing another army man. Please feel free to use the letter as long as my name stays attached to it! Thanks so much, all the best,

Detailed reports and documents (Mary Hoyer) (Rich Vitello)

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