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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'. 

Missile Safety Chief Says Object Unknown
July 24, 1957
Bt. Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, TexasV

Michael Swords:
July 24, 1957; bt. Las Cruces, New Mexico, and El Paso, Texas (BB)
A woman first spotted a large and very fast object, moving high in the sky and on a straight path. She pointed it out to her husband and the rest of their family. They watched it for about thirty seconds until it disappeared. Compared to most cases, this was not much. But the husband thought that it was an unknown, and he was Nathan Wagner, the chief of Missile Flight Safety of White Sands Proving Grounds (and, today, a member of the WSPG Hall of Fame). Wagner, who knew about many safety-related airliner incidents and, apparently, many UFO incidents as well, stated to the newspapers that he felt that these unknowns could have something to do with the near-miss airline incidents recently reported.47 (UFOs & Government, 249; Blue Book microfilm Roll 28; UFO Investigator 1 (2); Aug-Sept 1957(quoting the El Paso Times).

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