Category 1, Distant Encounters
Preliminary Rating: 5
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
March 22, 1950; Kirtand AFB, New Mexico (BB)
11:00 a.m. Eleven members of the 4925th Test Group (Atomic) witnessed a UFO northwest of Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, in broad daylight. Heights 25,000 to 30,000', described as about the size of a golf ball at arm's length with approximate shape of the "flying wing", tan in color to brown on the edges. Horizontal flight, extremely high speed, heading northwest, then turned north. Out of sight in 5-9 seconds.
The Armed Forces Special Weapons Command constructed two operational sites after World War II. One was known as Site Able, located in the foothills of the Manzano Mountains, just east of Sandia Base. Construction on Site Able started in 1946, with the first operational facilities activated on 04 April 1950. The area to east of the sighting position in this series of incidents and the time frame are very close, close enough for inclusion in the possible Nuclear Connection Projects file. On 22 February 1952, Site Able was renamed Manzano Base. These formerly classified documents, were discovered on the Blue Book microfilm site by researcher, Daniel Wilson. Information on the witnesses was found in a book by John D. Hardison, USAF retired.
"With top priority established, the 4925th was staffed with highly experienced people. Bomber, fighter, and chopper pilots, triple-rated bombardiers (Bomb/Navigator/Radar), staff officers, nuclear project engineers (military and civilian), depot-level modification personnel, aerial cameramen, photo lab technicians, bomb loading specialists, crew chiefs and crews. Col. Ritland "welded" these pros into a highly sharp TEAM. If there ever was an ELITE outfit, the 4925th was it."