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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.

Woman On Horse Has Close Encounter
February 2, 1979
Leusderheide, 3 miles from Soesterberg AFB in the Netherlands

Fran Ridge:
February 2, 1979; Leusderheide, 3 miles from Soesterberg AFB in the Netherlands
Afternoon. Josie Zwinenberg was riding her horse along an area known as the Leusderheide. As she approached the highest point of this area, she brought her horse to a stop and looked out at a stand of trees about a  half-mile away. There, she saw an object silently hovering above the trees. She estimated the object was about 100 to 165 feet in length. It was not an aircraft of any type she had ever seen. Living near Soesterberg, she had seen many dif­ferent aircraft fly in and out of the base, but nothing like this object hovering above the trees. This object had many bright white lights interspaced with blue lights. The lights were so bright that she could not make out the exact shape of the craft. This object made no noise and seemed to be perfectly still. She was awestruck by the color of the blue lights, saying it was the brightest blue she had ever noticed, but it did not hurt her eyes to look directly at them. She watched the object for a full 15 minutes and noticed that it did not seem to be affected by gravity at all; it was perfectly motionless the en­tire time. As she approached the object on horseback, she kept it in view until she reached the trees. At that point, she stopped under the trees to try to look underneath the object. Then, she heard some rustling sounds coming from the brush in the forest. Her horse also reacted to the sounds. When she looked up, the object was gone.

Robert Salas:
This sighting turned out to be a prelude to what would occur on the next day. On February 3, 1979, an object with three very bright white lights and one red light flew at an altitude of 150 to 200 meters (about 500 to 650 feet) and an average speed of 50 to 100 kilometers per hour (about 30 to 60 miles per hour) over the flight line of the Soesterberg base.

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