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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'. 

Team Watches 35-Meter Disc
April 5, 1948
Holloman AFB, White Sands, New Mexico

Brad Sparks:
April 5, 1948; Holloman AFB, New Mexico (BBU 139)
Afternoon. Geophysics Lab and/or AMC Watson Lab balloon observers Olsen, Johnson, Chance, saw 1 to 2 irregularly round, gray-white or golden objects, indistinct in outline like a majors insignia ... slightly concave on top, one [?] estimated 100 ft size. Both were rising straight up then one veered to the right, dropped, made a large loop, went upward again, then disappeared suddenly not due to distance. The other object arced off to the W at terrific or tremendous speed made 3 vertical loops or violent maneuvers then disappeared suddenly not due to fading away in the distance. (Berliner; cf. Ruppelt p. 71; Vallée?; Loren Gross Jan-July 1948 orig ed p. 25)

Jacques Vallee:
In the afternoon of April 5 (1948) Holloman (New Mexico) AFB personnel reported having witnessed an object in the shape of a disk, 35 m in diameter, executing a series of violent turns and maneuvers - it is worth making a note of the dimensions of the disk as estimated by these competent observers. Another disk was seen the same day displaying similar behavior at Manila (?)"

Detailed reports and documents - PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD [pdf] (Dan Wilson)
reports/480405holloman_report2.htm (Dan Wilson)
reports/480405holloman_report3.htm [ more docs] (Dan Wilson/Mike Swords)

Ref# 29 RUPPELT,E.J.:The REPORT ON UFOS. Page No. 71 MIL. BASE#1276: 1948/4/5 0:0 5 106:33:0W 33:31:0N 3331 NAM USA NMX 8 10

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