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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'. 

Blimp-Like Object Sighted By Geologist
Jan. 17, 1953
Near Guatemala City, Guatemala

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 17, 1953; Near Guatemala City, Guatemala (BBU 2337)
3:55 p.m. Geologist/salesman J. J. Sackett saw a brilliant green-gold object, shaped like the Goodyear blimp with length/height ratio 2:1, fly 400 mph straight and level, stop, then fly straight up with one stop. (Berliner)

Fran Ridge:
Jan. 17, 1953; Near Guatemala City, Guatemala (BBU 2337)
3:55 p.m. Geologist/salesman John Townsend Sackett was riding in a bus with about a dozen passengers when he observed a brilliant greenish-gold object, shaped like the Goodyear Blimp with length/height ratio 2:1. It was later described as being about twice the size of a DC-3. The object was traveling at about 400 mph straight and level in a northwesterly direction at about 6,500'. He reported that it almost stopped flight, then rose vertically about 1,500', hovered for about 2 seconds, then immediately resumed flight at new altitude. Object lost to view because of intervening terrain. The Blue Book documents mention the object was sighted near the volcano, Fuego. Documents also mention another witness on the bus, a woman, who says she saw "the gold thing" for 4-5 seconds. (Berliner, Dan Wilson)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/530117guatemala_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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