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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'. 

Black Flat Objects Observed By CTOs
Nov. 7, 1957
Walker AFB, New Mexico

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 7, 1957; Walker AFB (Roswell, New Mexico) (BB)
7:45 p.m. MST. Several long black flat objects with a light blue tail approximately 200 to 300 yards in length were observed at Walker AFB by two military personnel in the control tower. The flight of the objects was wavering with a slight variation in altitude. The objects were seen through 7x5 power binoculars for about 20 seconds, and 30 seconds without binoculars. A second sighting took place of a long round object that looked like a large stovepipe 8 to 10 feet in diameter with a long trail 200-300 yards long and was seen for 60 to 90 seconds. The object made a complete 360 degree turn described as horseshoe-shaped. During the period 08/ 0140 - 0250Z (6:14 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.) like objects were reported from civilian air control personnel at Carlsbad and Hobbs, New Mexico, Wink, Texas, and a pilot of a Continental Airline Flight 184 near Hobbs, New Mexico. (BB files, Dan Wilson) [Note: On the morning of November 7, 1957, a family driving on Route 54 near the White Sands Proving Grounds area, New Mexico, saw a large silvery cylindrical or oval shaped object traveling out of the northeast at about 10,000 feet. They watched it for approximately 3 minutes before the object disappeared over the Organ Mountains to the southwest. The object was traveling at "tremendous" speed. (Source: Albuquerque Tribune and Reno Evening Gazette, November 8, 1957]

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