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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'. 

15-20 Yellow Objects In V-Formation
April 26, 1954
Athens, Georgia

Fran Ridge:
April 26, 1954; Athens, Georgia (BBU 2983)
8:35 p.m. (EDT). Cecil M. Cartey, Howard and Mabel Hopkins and their daughter Betty, saw 15-20 yellow objects in a V shaped or check-mark-shaped formation, fly at tremendous speed from low elevation in the south, with a remarkably smooth and soundless motion and straight and level flight, to a higher elevation in the north where they disappeared in about 10 seconds.  Cartey stated that a few seconds after the objects went north, and coming directly from the trail they had taken, a brilliant white object appeared. He described it as a baseball that moved in a "blast of speed" and which went through scattered clouds and disappeared into the SW, and was out of sight before he could call attention to it. The Air Force listed this incident as an official unknown and stated that this was a very reliable report.  (Jan Aldrich) 

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