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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'. 

Oscillating Sphere Observed By Test Pilot & Others
July 7, 1947
Muroc AAF, California

Brad Sparks:
July 7, 1947; Muroc Army Air Field, Calif. (BBU)
10:10 a.m. AAF experimental test pilot Major Jowell C. Wise while powering up an XP-84 jet on the runway looked up where others were looking and saw to the North a yellowish-white sphere about 5­-10 ft diameter oscillating in a "forward whirling" motion without losing altitude at about 10,000­-12,000 ft altitude moving W to E at about 200-225 mph. [Sightings at Muroc next day.] (FOIA)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470707murocaaf_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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