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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'. 

Dark Ellipse Makes Three  Coordinated Turns
Sept. 3, 1952
Tucson, Arizona

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 3, 1952; Tucson, Ariz. (BBU)
9 a.m. Civilian pilots McCraven and Thomas saw a shiny, dark ellipse make three broad, curving sweeps. 1.5 mins. (Berliner)

Dan Wilson:
Sept. 3, 1952; Tucson, Arizona (BBU)
9:00 a.m. Mr. Donald L. McCraven, an instructor pilot at Marana Air Base, and Mr. N. D. Thomas, observed an elliptical shaped object, dark in color which freely reflected sunlight. The object made three well-coordinated turns and made no perceptible sound. Tremendous speed was shown by the object while in a slight climb. The object was observed for approximately one and a half minutes. Project Blue Book evaluation: UNIDENTIFIED.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/520903tucson_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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