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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'. 

Flying Disc Dives & Circles
July 29, 1952
Merced, California

Brad Sparks:
July 29, 1952; Merced, Calif. (BBU 1738)
3:44 or 4:35 p.m. Herbert Mitchell and employee saw a dark, discus ­shaped object, trailed by a silvery light two lengths behind, tipped on its side, dive, hesitate then circle very fast. 2 min. (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
July 29, 1952; Merced, Calif. (BBU 1738)
3:44 or 4:35 p.m. PDT. Mr. Herbert Mitchell and an employee of his, Jack Bennett, spotted a perfectly round dark object to the SE. The object was estimated to be larger than a B-29 and was below the clouds estimated to be at 12,000 feet. Right after they spotted the object it tipped on edge into a steep dive towards them, diving about two or three thousand feet.  During this dive they got a good view of the object which Mitchell described like a discus from the side. At the end of the dive the object did not round out like an airplane but righted itself smoothly and stopped momentarily before beginning a slow circle to the left. It was at this tine that they noticed a translucent silvery light behind the object a distance equal to two diameters of the object itself and apparently not connected.  The object circled slowly to the left completing the circle, then made a second circle, and finally took off at high speed to the NNE towards Castle AFB and also towards a large hole in the clouds about eight miles away where blue sky was showing. The object passed out of sight through this hole. The object was in view for 2 minutes.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520729merced_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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