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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.

Object Seen / E-M Effects On R/C Toy, Lights
December 28, 1989
Mt. Vernon, Indiana

Fran Ridge:
Dec. 28, 1989; Mt. Vernon, IN
8:10 PM. The family was watching television. The nine-year-old son's Christmas gift, a remote controlled car, was acting as if it had a mind of its own, and he was having trouble controlling it. Then, within a minute or two, the "touch-light" in the family room went out, then came on. At that point the front door burst open and the 13-year-old daughter and her two friends came screaming in. "Dad, come out here quick!"  There in the east, just two-three blocks away, was the most brilliant reddish-orange navigation light he'd ever seen, and he had seen DC-10's on the runway. This was brighter! In the binoculars the bright red-orange light was alone except for a white strobe which was in the lead as the object (shape of which he couldn't see) made a turn toward the southeast. There was no green wing light observed (could have been obstructed), and no white navigation light at all on this craft. Most noticeable was the fact that if this was an airplane of helicopter, there WAS NO SOUND! It was very low, approximately 10-degrees, and close enough that there should have been a jet or prop engine, or helicopter blade noise. Also, this was NOT an ultralight. The object, based on its departure path, must have passed almost directly over the house at low level, going west to east, then turning southeast. The object must have been in close proximity about the time of the interference, unless this was all a coincidence. The object faded low in the distance heading southeast. The very next day the neighbor, frustrated with his new garage door opener which appeared to be faulty when the door kept going up and down the night before, tore it out and installed another one! (MUFON Indiana, FI Fran Ridge)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/891228mtvernon_report.htm (Fran Ridge)

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