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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'. 

50-75 Discs In Formation
April 6, 1952
Temple, Texas

Brad Sparks:
April 6, 1952. Temple (Draughan-Miller AFB), Texas (BBU 1099)
2:59 p.m. Herman L. Russell saw 50-75 greyish-white metallic disc-like shapes to the NNW about 30 40 elevation in random arrangement within a circular formation covering area of only 1 Full Moon [hence each object probably <3 arcmins would have been too small to resolve disc-like details]. Objects would flash in unison every 12-15 secs for a period of 2 secs as if tilting on horizontal axis. After 2 mins cluster became less dense in the center and more dense at the outer rim. Formation estimated at distance of 15-25 miles [hence height about 50,000 ft] moved upwards in elevation by about 5 and laterally by 10 to 15 (direction not specified) until disappearing by fading into distance. [Possible shattered plastic fragments of Skyhook balloon fluttering in the sunlight.] (Sparks; BB Maxwell Microfilm Roll 9, pp. 1303-4; Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
docs/MAXW-PBB9-1301-1304.pdf (Fran Ridge & Dan Wilson)

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