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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

5-6 Shiny Circular Objects Near Storm
Nov.5, 1957
Long Beach, California

Brad Sparks:
Nov. 5, 1957; Long Beach Airport, Calif.(BBU)
Air Force Major (Zibello), others, at Municipal Airport saw 6 shiny circular UFOs "changing course instantaneously without loss of speed like planes in a dogfight." (UFOE; McDonald list; FUFOR Index)

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 5, 1957; Long Beach, California (BBU)
3:50 p.m. PST. Major Lewis F. Baker, A/2C William J.Nieland, and A/2C Joseph C.V. Abramavage, were outside of the Weather Station watching a thunderstorm and observed 5 or 6 disc shaped objects moving about in a helter-skelter fashion on the west edge of the storm The objects appeared to be the size of a pea held at arm's length and a silvery metallic in color. There appeared to be no set flight path of the objects and the maneuvers were erratic and very fast. The objects were observed for approximately 90 seconds. Joseph C.V. Abramavage said that about 10 transient military personnel watched the objects before boarding a plane to Washington. Later at around 7:01 p.m. at Long Beach, Joe Zibello, a civilian, reported observing 5 or 6 very bright objects the size of a pea held at arm's length with a high degree of maneuverability. The objects made fast up and down movements similar to the shape of a "N."

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