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
This report is case #16, on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk.
July 18, 1952; Patrick AFB, Florida (BBU 1485)
9:45 p.m. 3 USAF officers and 4 enlisted men saw a series of hovering and maneuvering red-orange lights moving in a variety of directions. 1 hour. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)
Five additional personnel reported the same objects and performance which included the Airdrome officer on duty at the time, control tower operator, aircraft dispatcher and two transient pilots from Wright-Patterson AFB.