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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'. 

Object Zig-Zags With Bursts of Speed
June 28, 1947
Maxwell Field, Alabama

Dan Wilson:
June 28, 1947, Maxwell Field, Montgomery, Alabama (BBU)
9:20-9:45 p.m. Capt. Wilson H. Kayko, Capt. John H. Cantrell, 1st Lt. Theodore Dewey, and Capt. Redman, observed a brilliant light to the west above the horizon traveling to the east at a high rate of speed. The object appeared to be at a high altitude and traveled with frequent bursts of speed in a zig-zag course. It continued until it was directly overhead and changed course 90 degrees to the south. After traveling in the above manner for approximately 5 minutes it turned southwest and was lost from sight in the brilliancy of the moon. Two of the observers are rated pilots and the other two are air intelligence officers. 25-mins. (Ruppelt p. 19; FOIA; FUFOR Index; Bloecher 1967, Brad Sparks)

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reports/470628maxwellafb_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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