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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

The Monon RR UFO Incident
October 3, 1958
Bt. Wasco and Kirklin, Indiana

Richard Hall:
Oct. 3, 1958; Central Indiana
3:10 a.m. A Monon Railroad freight train was proceeding through Clinton County when a formation of four odd white lights crossed ahead of the train. The UFOs turned and traversed the full length of the train, front to back (about a half mile) observed by the entire crew. After passing the rear of the train, the objects swung east, turned back and followed the train. The bright glow concealed the exact shape of the UFOs, but they appeared flattened and some times flew on edge. Operating part of the time in-line abreast with coordinated motions, the objects followed the train until the conductor shone a bright light on them. Immediately, the UFOs sped away, but returned quickly and continued to pace the train. Total time of observation: about 1 hour 10 minutes. Finally the UFOs moved away to the northeast and disappeared. The coordinated maneuvers in formation, reaction to a bright beam of light, and pacing of the train, all suggest some form of intelligence. (FATE, Feb 1959, NICAP UFOE, page 9) [Fate cover mentions New Air Force Report. This was Project Blue Book Special Report 14]

Fran Ridge:
The Air Force never mentioned this one in the October 1958 sighting listings so we thought there were are no Blue Book files, not even a newsclipping. However, Dan Wilson found these. *

Detailed reports and documents
Monon RR UFO Incident (Frank Edwards)
UFOs Follow A Train (Dr. James E. McDonald)
reports/581003wasco_report.htm (Dan Wilson) *

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