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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'. 

Twenty Groups of Objects Observed
April 20, 1952
Flint, Michigan

Brad Sparks:
April 20, 1952; [Flint, Mich.? ] (BBU)
9:15-9:40 p.m. (EST?) Naval aviation student [Kohut ? Choot?], wife and several others at a drive-in movie saw about 20 groups of 2-9 aircraft-shaped objects fly over enveloped in a red glow, mostly on straight-line course, except for occasional standard aircraft-like turns. (Battelle Unknown No. 2; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
April 20, 1952; Flint, Michigan (BBU)
From 9:15 p.m. to 10:35 p.m. EST, Edmund Kogut, Naval Aviator, USNR, Shirley Kogut (wife), Alvin Confer, and others at a drive-in movie saw approximately 20 groups of aircraft-shaped objects moving south to north at high speed. Some of the flights numbered 2-3-4-6 and 9 objects. Each group of objects was in sight for approximately 6 to10 seconds. Each object glowed red to light cherry red extending over the entire object.

Martin Shough:
It ought to be noted that this case is a significant one because it was one of the 12 good unknowns selected as the basis for a "model" UFO by the Battelle Memorial Institute study. See memo below.:

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520420flint_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/520420flint_report_shough.htm (Martin Shough)

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