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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

"Giant Pocket Watch" Flies Over Runway
July 3, 1947
Santa Rosa NAS, California

Ted Bloecher:
July 3, 1947; near Santa Rosa NAS, California
4:50 p.m. A trained observer from the Naval Auxiliary (name withheld by newspaper and confirmed by Dr.  R. W. Nelson, civilian dentist) observed an object shaped like a giant pocket watch colored like aluminum about 15-20 feet in diameter, about 1,000 feet above main runway,  It moved N to end of runway, turned E banking headed toward Santa Rosa. (Jan Aldrich, Loren Gross, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat)

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