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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'. 

Balloon-Like Object With Rapid Acceleration
January 10, 1950
Las Vegas Air Force Base, Nevada

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 10, 1950.  8 mi [NE?] of Las Vegas AFB [later renamed Nellis AFB] (on Hwy 93), Nevada
10:10 a.m.  Civilian pilots, father and son, observed 2 F-80 jet fighters approaching for landing at elevation angle of about 45 into the sun [in the SE at about 21 elevation 141 azimuth] and saw an object at an altitude of approximately 1500-2000 feet, about 25-30 ft in size.  Object appeared "pure silver," round "like a balloon" (AFOSI found no balloons launched) and solid material like "a metal," with no external fittings, air ducts, antenna, supports, or exhaust trail, seeming no noise audible above that of an F-80.  Direction of flight [heading?] was NNE with no tactical movement, or maneuver, motion was smooth, at first slow and then a very rapid acceleration in a horizontal ascent, disappearing over mountains to the E.  (Sparks;  BB AFOSI files;  NICAP website) 25 secs 2 witnesses 1 Full Moon ?

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reports/500110lasvegas_report.htm (Fran Ridge)

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