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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 Object Separates Into 7 Discs
July 27, 1952
Manhattan Beach, California

Fran Ridge:
This is apparently #12 of Major Dewey Fournet's "motions study" UFOs cases as presented to the Robertson Panel in January of 1953, whereby he deduced that UFOs were guided by intelligence and the flight characteristics indicated that the intelligence was beyond "us". It is also case #31, on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk.

Dan Wilson:

July 27, 1952; Manhattan Beach, Calif. (BBU)
At 6:35 p.m., a group of eight witnesses including  pilots  and engineers observed a large silvery object moving rapidly at high altitude, then making a turn.As they  watched,  the  object  separated into seven  discs which then formed into groups,  circled, and sped out of sight. It  appeared  as  if a stack of coins had smoothly separated,the pilot told  investigators. (Air Force Intelligence report.)

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