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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'. 

Flat Disc Observed Overtaking Jet
Jan. 28, 1953
Point Mugu, California

Fran Ridge:
Jan. 28, 1953. Point Mugu, Calif. (BBU 2361)
1:06 p.m. R.W. Love, owner of Love Diving Co., and a Mr. Ferrenti and another employee, were on the Moana Luu moored 1,100' offshore from the Naval Air Missile Training Center. Their position was to observe radio-controlled K.D. launchings and to help recover them. During the launch of one these drones south of Pt. Mugu, they saw an 18-20-inch, white, flat disc with fuzzy or shimmering edges rapidly approach from about 305 azimuth (about NW) fly straight and level, overtaking a jet aircraft flying at 150-200 knots in 3 secs, pass overhead, heading towards Mugu Rock, disappearing in the haze in the east in the general direction of the Santa Monica Mountains. Witness stated, "I have never seen  any plane or missile which resembled this object nor came within half its speed." Not knowing its altitude he mentioned that the object might have been larger than his estimate. 3 secs (6 min?)  (Dan Wilson, Sparks; Berliner; cf. Jan Aldrich; Randle)

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