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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'. 

90-Degree Turn Straight Up
September 26, 1949
Lexington, Nebraska

Fran Ridge:
September 26, 1949, Lexington, Nebraska
6:30 PM. Six members of a farming enterprise were threshing wheat when they saw three objects coming from the general direction of the sun (SW). As the objects proceeded they gave off a dazzling brilliance. They maintained a level flight with two of the objects changing positions as they flew. The power of the illumination remained constant throughout the incident (i.e. no pulses or flashes). Once the objects reached a direction NW of the observers, they made a smooth 90 degree turn straight upwards and climbed rapidly out of sight. One of the farmers was a recent graduate of a two-year course in aeronautical design and thought the objects looked like a domed-disk when viewed face-forward, but were actually like a stubby, wingless, tailless fuselage when seen from the side. About five miles away, four other persons saw what they felt were two fast-moving objects flying in the distance at level flight before abruptly turning straight up and flying away from the Earth. This group of people did not know their distant “neighbors.” (UFOs & Government)

Michael Swords:
How did Grudge handle this case? They apparently “lost” it. The only record seems to be the local Offutt Air Force Base investigation found in the files of Air Force consultant J. Allen Hynek. The project microfilms simply note: “Case missing.” The case (six adult witnesses, four independent corroborative witnesses, abnormal aircraft structure and striking flight plan­ disappearing straight upwards) can stand on its own as one worth remembering, but it is mentioned here to illustrate the incompetent neglect that characterized the Grudge period.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/490926lexington_report.htm (Michael Swords)

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