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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'. 

The Rogue River Incident
May 24, 1949
Rogue River, Oregon

updated:  Sept 19, 2016 *
Brad Sparks:

May 24, 1949.  Rogue River, 2-1/2 miles NE of Gold Beach, Oregon (at 42°26.5' N, 124°23' W).  5:00 p.m. (PST).  NACA Ames Research Lab employees Don Heaphy and Gilbert Rivera, pharmacist Roy L. MacBeth with wives Mrs. Rivera and Mrs. Amlyne MacBeth, and Mrs. Oliver Elizabeth McBeth [wife of Standard Oil distributor William McBeth apparently not present, apparently spelled differently from “MacBeth”], were in a fishing boat 700 yards SW of Elephant Rock, Rogue River, when they saw in the E at azimuth 60° a hamburger-shaped metallic disc about 25-35 ft to 100 ft wide with a tail fin and "dirty" surface, rough wrinkled surface in the rear, at about 5,000 ft altitude about 1-4 miles away traveling at about C-47 speed (200 mph?) which accelerated to jet speed (600 mph?) to the S, azimuth 170°, where it disappeared.  Observed with 8x binoculars.  (Sparks;  Maxwell BB Microfilm Roll 5 pp. 863-879, 890-3;  Battelle Unknown 10;  Bruce Maccabee;  FOIA;  Saunders/FUFOR Index;  Jan Aldrich;  CUFOS/Mary Castner)  90 secs-3 mins    6 witnesses    1/5 - 2 Full Moons angular size

Fran Ridge:
Project Blue Book Special Report 14 mentions, and gives an illustration, of a flying disc on page 86. Our thanks to Bruce Maccabee, who provided the information that made this case much more significant in his book, "UFO/FBI Connection", and then created the even-more-detailed web page document linked below. Also, our thanks to Brad Sparks, who found the witness' names in the AIR and called Bruce's attention to them. And, finally, Dan Wilson, who located the BB docs below. Apparently, Lt. Col. Doyle Rees, in a letter written in May 1950, concentrated on about fifty incidents which occurred in "hot" areas. About a dozen of these were "disk' or variation," indicating flying saucer or flying machine reports. 

Detailed reports and documents
1949_05_24_US_OR_Rogue-River_BB_Rivera-Heaphy.pdf (CUFOS) *
1949_05_24_US_OR_Rogue_River_BB.pdf (Brad Sparks) *
Rogue River Object No Blimp (Bruce Maccabee)
The Rogue River Case: My Two Cents (Mike Swords)
Rogue River: Further on the Commentary (Jan Aldrich)
Rogue River - Glad It's Getting the Attention (Bruce Maccabee)
MAXW-PBB6-570-574 (Dan Wilson)
MAXW-PBB5-863-879, 890-896 (Tom DeMary)
BB Documents - Black Vault (Doc #'s unknown) (Dan Wilson)
More BB Docs - NARA-PBB91-1099,1145-1148 (Dan Wilson)
Rogue River Incident (Bruce Maccabee)
Excerp from UFO/FBI Connection (Bruce Maccabee

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