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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 Descends To Ground Level, Rises 
July 8, 1947
Muroc Army Air Field, California

Brad Sparks:
July 8, 1947; Muroc Army Air Field, California (BBU)
Noon. Other witnesses (Black?) independently, including Muroc CO Col. Signa A. Gilkey and engineer Major Richard R. Shoop and wife saw from a different location 5-8 miles away to the N [?] the apparently same falling object, thin metallic aluminum colored and the size of a pursuit aircraft [50 ft?], reflecting sunlight and oscillating, descend to ground level, then rise again and move slowly off in the distance for a total of 8 mins. No sound or trail. [See sightings at Muroc earlier and later in the day and previous day.] 8-mins. (FOIA; Vallée Magonia 60).

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470708muroc_report3.htm (Dan Wilson & Fran Ridge)
docs/470708muroc_swords_docs.pdf (Mike Swords)

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