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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'. 

Polished Aluminum Sphere Observed
Sept. 18, 1954
Kimpo Air Base, Korea

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 18, 1954. Kimpo Air Base, Japan [Should be Korea] (BBU 3213)
5:55 a.m. Two control tower operators, a weather forecaster and a weather observer, saw a round object, like polished aluminum, fly straight and level. (Berliner)

Fran Ridge:
Sept. 18, 1954; At K-14, Kimpo Air Base, Korea (BBU 3213)
5:55 a.m. The first sighting was made by the Duty Dispatcher of Base Operations who was outside the weather station at the time. He observed the bright, round object, (which he described as strong sunlight on a bright object) and shiny like polished aluminum, at 170-degrees azimuth, 50-degree elevation, moving straight and level westward against the wind. He then called the weather observer who also saw the object.  Next, he called the Forecaster and he observed the object as well. The Control Tower and Operations were notified and they observed the object with 7x50 binoculars, and described it as about the size of a pea at arm's length. At 6:08 a.m. the object on a southern heading was obscured by clouds at 12,000 feet. 11-13 mins (Berliner)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540918korea_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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