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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
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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'. 

Ten "Almost Round" Objects In Formation
June 14, 1947
Bakersfield, California

Brad Sparks:
June 14 [23?], 1947. Bakersfield, Calif. (BBU)
2:15 p.m. Veteran pilot Richard Rankin and a young boy saw 10 "almost round" or Flying Flapjack-shaped objects in formation at 9,000 ft and 300-400 mph headed N on a straight level course, then 7 returned on reverse S course at 2:15 p.m. (McDonald list; FUFOR Index; Bloecher 1967)

Dan Wilson:
June 14, 1947; Bakersfield, California (BBU)
This is the date given on the PROJECT 10073 RECORD CARD. The first sighting of 10 objects occurred at approximately 1200 noon. Flying from south to north in a "V" formation. At approximately 2:15 p.m. 7 objects were seen flying from north to south in a "V" formation. Note: The arrival of the jet age saw the cancellation of the XF5U-1 ("Flying Flapjack") contract by the Navy in March 1947, despite the fact that the aircraft was due to take its first test flight later that year.

Detailed reports and documents

reports/470614bakersfield_report.htm (Dan Wilson)
Vought V-173 / XF5U-1 "Flying Flapjack" or "Flying Pancake" (Wikipedia)

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