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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'. 

20-30 Lights Flies Straight And Level
Sept. 4, 1954
Butler, Missouri

Fran Ridge:
Sept. 4, 1954; Butler, Missouri (BBU 3196)
3 a.m. CST.  CAA communications specialist J. Faltemeier reported 23-33 lights, as if on a string, flying straight and level. Observed overhead at estimated 40,000 to 50,000 feet heading SW (243 degrees) with no sound. Duration: 1-1/2 minutes. Same or similar objects observed previous evening by two other civilians.  Air Force even listed this one as a unknown.  (Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540904butler_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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