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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.

Air Base Group Observes Object Over Flight Line
February 3, 1979
Soesterberg AFB in the Netherlands

Fran Ridge:
Feb. 3, 1979, Camp New Amsterdam, Netherlands
Night? 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. At times it was seen to emit a beam of light to the ground. The object did not make a sound and was seen by many airmen at the base. The object twice flew along the flight line before departing at a high rate of speed. This was the summary of an investigative report by three members of the working group NOBOVO, including Dr. W. deGraaff, who worked at the (Harmons) Astronomical Institute. (Unidentified: The UFO Phenomenon, 144, Robert Salas)

Robert Salas:
In 1979 the U.S. Air Force had an operational unit based at what they called Camp New Amsterdam. It was located at Soesterberg Air Force Base in the Netherlands, near the town of Soesterberg. This unit, the 32nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, was assigned a tactical combat mission in support of NATO. In early 1979, the squadron began using the F-15 fighter aircraft. Some models of the F-15 were ca­pable of carrying a tactical nuclear weapon (B-61). Nuclear weapons were stored on the base.

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