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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'. 

Object Descends Vertically, Levels Out
March 3, 1950
Selfridge AFB, Michigan


Brad Sparks:
March 3, 1950; Selfridge AFB, Mich. (BBU 650)
11:05 p.m. USAF 1st Lt. Frank Mattson saw an intense, dull yellowish light descend vertically, then fly straight and level at high speed. (Berliner) 4 mins

Fran Ridge:
March 3, 1950; Selfridge AFB, Mich. (BBU 650)
11:05 p.m. USAF 1st Lt. Frank Mattson saw an intense, dull yellowish light slowly descend vertically over the Post Exchange to about 5,000' then stop and hover for about a minute.  It then proceeded at high speed in a westerly direction on a straight and level course to about an estimated 50-mile range, when it turned south and flew another estimated 50 miles. At that point it turned around and headed north again for about anothre 50 miles where it finally disappeared after about a total observation of 4 minutes. (Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/500303selfridge_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)




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