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  Category 2, Close Encounters 
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A Hynek Classification of Close Encounter is usually an incident involving an object less than 500 feet from the witness.  The size of the object,  viewing conditions, or stereoscopic vision (depth perception)  may render the object in greater detail and still qualify the sighting as a Close Encounter even though the object may have been beyond 500'.  The incident depicted in the logo was encountered during an intense storm near Princeton, IN,  Aug. 1973.

Saucer Hovers Near Airport (BBU 2844)
December 28, 1953
Marysville, California

Fran Ridge:
11:55 a.m. Yuba County Airport Manager Dick Brandt, considered by Air Force analysts as a fairly qualified witness, saw a saucer, with a brilliant blue light, reflecting on a nearby filling station. It was reportedly the size of a baseball (at arm's length?) Object was at 300' altitude before dropping to 100-150' altitude. Estimated speed 140-190 mph. Hovered momentarily, moved N and faded into the night. Visible about 1-1/2 mins. [Copy given to Hynek] (Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
Dec. 28, 1953; Marysville, Calif. (Blue Book docs, Berliner, Fran Ridge)

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