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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.

Blue Disc Swoops Down on Locomotive
April 28, 1954
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Fran Ridge:
April 28, 1954; 45 mi W of Geelong, Victoria, Australia
6:30 AM. (doc says 7:20 AM) Two men, Mr. A.E. (Ted) Smith, 26, , train engineer, and Mr. Colin Beacon, 23, train fireman, reported that an object described as a gigantic hazy dark blue object, estimated at 1200-1500' in diameter, no windows or doors visible, round, made screaming noise, swooped down at locomotive and suddenly swerved up, hovered overhead, careened around the sky, then rose up out of sight. Smith reported that the object came within 350' of them. (Source: Bill Chalker, The Oz Files, p. 78; Richard Hall/Rob Swiatek).

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docs/540428australia_doc.jpg (Swiatek/Hall)

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