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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'. 

Five Objects Trailing Smoke
November 25, 1951
Near Bimini, Key West, Florida


Fran Ridge:
November 25, 1951; 20 miles E. of Bimini, Key West, Florida
10:42 a.m. EST. Five objects were seen moving south, trailing smoke. This interesting CIRVIS report, although not detailed by any means, came from the Sixth Naval District, Charleston, South Carolina, and went to the Air Defense Command, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as well as several other agencies. The message (actual copy linked below) reads as follows: CIRVIS AMPLIFYING REPORT QUOTE 1838M AT 1042E REPORT FIVE OBJECTS MOVING SOUTH 20 MILES EAST BIMINI STILL TRAILING SMOKE. This November 1951 message has a dark, thick scribble in the upper right hand corner that states: "This msg passed by electrical means to CIA." (UFOs A History 1951, 86, BB documents)

Brad Sparks:
Jan (Aldrich) will tell you there are lots of messages like that with "cc" distribution copies to various agencies including CIA and NSA (this one in fact was addressed also to NSA's predecessor AFSA).  This isn't one of only a "very few" and it is no indication at all of any CIA interest -- lots of agencies are put on such "cc" lists out of an abundance of caution or due to mechanically following prescribed lists for different types of situations. Of more interest is the "cc" copy to the JCS Situation Room (misspelled/typoed) and the SecDef. Most likely this is a daytime meteor.  Meteor trains can "still" (word used) persist for 1/2 hour after the meteor itself is gone.

Detailed reports and documents
docs/1951_11_25_US_FL_Key_West_Bimini_BB.pdf (Barry Greenwood)




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