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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'. 

"Fountain Pen" Observed By Air Police
Nov. 14, 1957
Johnson AFB, Japan

Dan Wilson:
Nov. 14, 1957; Johnson Air Base, Japan (BB)
Approximately 6:15 a.m.  A/1C James E. Smith and S/Sgt. Robert Thompson, Jr. of the 6041st Air Police Squadron observed a pale white, long, thin object described as looking like a fountain pen in the eastern sky. The apparent size of the object was compared to a nine inch pencil held at arm's length. The object hovered in one spot for about two minutes and then began moving to the SE, climbing and gaining speed until if disappeared from view. This took approximately 10-13 seconds.

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