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
February 6, 1947 Port Augusta, Australia.
Around 9:00 AM.* An early 1947 case. While working in the yard at the Commonwealth Railways workshop Mr Ron Ellis and two workmates claim to have seen five strange objects in formation pass across the sky from N-S. The objects were white or light pink and egg-shaped. Ellis said that he could not give an accurate estimate of the size of the objects, but they were casting shadows and judging by his experience with aircraft in the RAAF during the war he considered they were about the size of a locomotive. Although the objects kept on a direct course at a height of about 6000' feet they appeared to be quivering. Owing to their great speed they were out of sight within a few seconds. Any question of the phenomenon being an optical illusion was dispelled by the fact that a few minutes later both Mr Ellis and his companion gave an identical description of what they had seen. Their description was verified by another member of the workshop who said he had also seen the objects. (Adelaide Advertiser 7 Feb 1947 copy provided by Darryl Tiggeman of Adelaide. [* time given in follow-up article the next day]; and all five documents linked below were supplied by Paul Dean).
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