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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'. 

Silver Sphere At Tremendous Speed
September 17, 1947
Fort Richardson, Alaska

Fran Ridge:
September 17, 1947; Fort Richardson, Alaska (BBU)
Time not stated. Two Army officers reported a  silver sphere traveling south at tremendous speed below the 10,000 ft cloud cover and against the wind. The first officer estimated the size of the object at 2-3 feet in diameter and traveling beneath the cloud layer which was at 10,000 feet. The second officer estimated the size to be about 10 feet in diameter and about half the size of the full moon, and about 3,000 to 4,000' altitude. The object appeared broadside to this second officer and gave no evidence of a spinning motion nor did he note any reflection. To him it appeared to have a dull metal finish. This officer pointed out that the object was definitely going against the wind. Duration: 15-20 secs.(McDonald list; Mary Castner/CUFOS)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/470917ftrichardson_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Fran Ridge)

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