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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'. 

Round Flat Object Size Of C-54
July 6, 1947
Fairfield-Suisan AFB, California

Brad Sparks:
July 6, 1947; Fairfield-Suisan AFB, California (BBU 36)
Daytime. AAF Capt. and Mrs. James H. Burniston saw a highly reflective round flat object having no wings or tail, the size of a C-54 transport (118 ft) roll from side-to-side 3 times then fly away very fast from NW to the SE [SW?] at 10,000 ft. (Berliner; Bloecher 1967)

Dan Wilson:
July 6, 1947; Fairfield-Suisun AFB, California (BBU 36)
Daytime. Captain James H. Burniston observed an unidentified object traveling in a southeasterly direction at an estimated height of 10,000 feet or more at a speed faster than any aircraft he had ever seen. The object was about the size of a C-54 aircraft and appeared to roll from side to side three times during the observation which was approximately 60 seconds.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470706fairfieldsuisan_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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