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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'. 

Large Sphere With Blue Tail At 500'
Jan. 20, 1952
Fairchild AFB, Spokane, Washington

Dan Wilson:
Jan. 20, 1952. Fairchild AFB, near Spokane, Washington (BBU)
7:20 p.m. Three Air Force personnel, M/Sgt. Aluridus C. Holm, S/Sgt Robert T. Barnes, and T/Sgt Harry A. Gavagnaro (two of which were in Wing Intelligence) saw a large bluish-white spherical object with a long blue tail in the E about 2 miles away traveling N through the sky much faster than a jet aircraft. The object was.on a horizontal path estimated at 500 feet, was below and seen against solid overcast cloud cover at 4,700 ft, speed later estimated at 1,400 mph, no sound, disappearing in the W. (Sparks; Ruppelt pp. 12-3; Saunders/FUFOR Index)  15 secs

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