The first three ( 3 ) Close Encounter
classifications were originally devised by Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The latter two ( 2 ) came about
some time later as a result of increased research & study.
Close Encounters of the First Kind are the simplest
of the classified encounters.
CE-I, a visual sighting where a UFO is
witnessed within 400' or less.
Examples: #1. An unidentified
"Daylight Disc" exhibiting unnatural flight characteristics. #2. An unidentified "Nocturnal
Light" exhibiting unnatural flight characteristics.
Close Encounters of the Second Kind are similar
to the first classification except that CE-II cases also exhibit physical
CE-II, UFO leaves physical evidence of
its presence in the environment "on both animate & inanimate material,"
such as damaged vegetation, frightened animals, disabled or impaired technology,
or UFO crashes. Genuine pictures & video tape footage of UFOs are also
considered CE-II materials.
Examples: #1. UFO crash, July 5, 1947
- San Agustin, New Mexico #2. UFO crash, July 4, 1947
- Roswell, New Mexico
Close Encounters of the Third Kind may include
one or both of the first two classifications but also involve sightings
of alien life forms.
CE-III, "occupants are reported in or
about the UFO." Non-human creatures of some sort are associated with the
craft in question.
Examples: #1. April 24, 1964 - Deputy
Marshal Lonnie Zamora - Socorro, New Mexico #2. December 2, 1987 - Ed
& Frances Walters - Gulf Breeze, Florida #3. August 25, 1955 - Bill
Taylor, Lucky Sutton & family - Hopkinsville ( Kelly ), Kentucky
Close Encounters of the Fourth Kind involve immediate
human contact with non-human, alien beings & transportation.
CE-IV, the real experience of human to
alien contact whereas transportation actually takes place, often referred
to as alien abduction. The concept of "missing time" is often related by
the abductee where the period of time during which the abduction
took place cannot be consciously accounted for - it is in effect, stolen.
Examples: #1. November 5, 1975 - Travis
Walton - Heber, Arizona #2. September 19, 1961 -
Betty & Barney Hill - Lancaster, New Hampshire
Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind involve intentional
communication between human beings & non-human, alien beings.
CE-V, humans deliberately attempt to communicate
& make contact with a sighted UFO or Unidentified Biological Entity
( UBI ) resulting in a relatively immediate response from the UFO/UBI whereas
the response is understood to be a reply & not mere chance or coincidence.
Examples: #1. May 20, 1967 - Steven
Michalak, Falcon Lake, Manitoba, Canada