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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.

Round Object Descends To Ground
July 28, 1964
Lake Chelan, Washington

Brad Sparks:
July 28, 1964; Lake Chelan, Wash. (BBU)
10:30 p.m. Former Navy pilot and another man, at work in a field saw an intense light, cone-shaped, emitted from the ground and a similar light in the sky, alternating which was on and off. A round, aluminum-looking object, about 30 ft in diameter, with one red and one white light, then appeared and descended to ground with a strong whistling sound similar to a small jet, piercing and high-pitched voices similar to those of children playing were heard. Before this object took off a low-flying jet circled its position. The densely wooded area was explored by helicopter and on foot 3-4 days later by Sheriff Nickell and a USAF officer, but nothing was found. (Vallée Magonia 619)

Rob Duvall:
The are not really any densely wooded areas around the lake. The surrounding mountains are sparsely forested with Pines. The only hard-to-get-to areas are due to marshy areas where runoff happens. The area is arid and more dessert-like due to its location east of the Cascades that block the moist coastal air from going east. That is our secret getaway to get out of the long spring rains here. It would be interesting to find out more on this one.

Fran Ridge:
Although there was a "comprehensive" investigation in accordance with AFR-200-2, including an intense ground and air search, this case is not even listed on the Blue Book sightings list for July 1964. 1964 was the year that landing reports became more prominent and the Socorro case of April 24 became an embarrassment to the Air Force. According to the Air Force documents, there was no place for an object to land. But there is an area it could have hid in. See map by Joel Carpenter below.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/640728lakechelan_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/640728lakechelan_report2.htm [Document transcripts] (Rich Vitello)
images/640728lakechalen_googlemap.jpg (Joel Carpenter/Googlemap)
reports/640728lakechelan_report3.html [backup copy to original version] (Mark Cashman)

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