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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'. 

Oblong Object Hovers Over Runway
Feb. 26. 1951
Ladd AFB, Alaska

Brad Sparks:
Feb. 26 [25?], 1951; Ladd AFB, Alaska (BBU 897)
7:10 a.m. USAF Sgt. J. B. Sells saw a dull grey, metallic object, about 120 ft long 10-12 ft thick, hover, puff smoke and speed away. (Berliner)

Feb. 26, 1951; Ladd AFB, Alaska (BBU 897)
8:10 a.m. local time (1710Z). Airman John B. Sells while on guard duty saw a grey oblong object hovering over the Ladd AFB runway at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet at 80 degrees above the horizon. The object which looked like a flattened football was estimated to be 10 to 12 feet thick and 120 feet across. The object remained hovering for about 45 seconds and then moved with great speed to the north after emitting a single white smoke ring. According to the OSI Report, there were no weather balloons or aircraft in the area at that time. Airman Sells is an aircraft mechanic.

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reports/510226laddafb_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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