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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'. 

Three Huge Saucers Fly Over Ocean
July 3, 1947
San Diego NAS, California

Fran Ridge:
July 3, 1947; San Diego NAS, California
12:45 p.m. Two motor machinists, Chief Robert L Jackson and Chief William Baker, both Navy Petty Officers, were at the Naval Air Station when they observed three saucer shaped objects twice the size of Navy aircraft, gleaming in the sun like aluminum about 20 miles west of the station, over the Pacific Ocean. The officers said the objects were flying about 400 mph, came in from the west and circled, then flew back over the Pacific. "They were about half-way from the horizon," Jackson said. "They appeared to be round as saucers and were flying fairly close together in formation." The wire service accounts of this report did not say whether a report had been made out to Navy officials.  (Source: San Diego, CA Union 4 Jul 1947, Bloecher Case 194)

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reports/470703sandiedo_report.htm (Carl Feindt)

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