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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.

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Fran Ridge:

Francis Ridge:
I took the call the very day the incident occurred and immediately investigated.  The object was observed by three adult witnesses for about 3-4 seconds at 7:40 PM. They were driving west on Illinois 141 when they saw the object heading NE to SW, skimming the treetops at 50-100' off the ground at tremendous speed. The object, apparently at least, had no noticeable wings, but had some type of rear horizontal stabilizer fins. There was a very noticeable ring or indentation near the midpoint where it looked like it was joined together. Object came within 500', possibly less. There was a jet fighter, very likely an F-4 Phantom, in the area within 10 seconds, but higher and on a parallel (possibly pursuit) course. My initial guess was, since this was not a restricted test area, so the missile apparently had gone astray and was being followed to impact. I'm not sure what it was.

Dan Wright:
...analysis does have the effect of raising the possibility (though improbable) that a cruise missile was responsible. I agree that it is the only logical IFO source. To be on the conservative side, let's leave this one as indeterminate for now, pending the results of an FOIA inquiry.

Detailed reports and documents
Investigation Report - Francis Ridge, FI/SD-MUFON
Witness drawing of object by Staff Artist Robert Taylor
Map of tri-state showing sighting location
Witness drawing of area and object path
Preliminary Analysis Page 1 - Dan Wright, Deputy Director Investigations (MUFON)
Preliminary Analysis Page 2 - Dan Wright, DDI
Cruise Missiles
The F-4 Phantom


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