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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'. 

Bat-Like Object Predates Arnold Sighting
Dec. 30, 1946
Morro Bay, California

Fran Ridge:
Dec. 30, 1946; Morro Bay, California
5:35 p.m. Miss ??? [Ella] Young and a friend were on high ground that curves southwards from Morro Bay. The sun had just gone down when, suddenly, a dark object appeared in the sky. It came forward and grew more distinct. On the golden sky it looked very black. It came forward head-on and had a bat-like appearance, owing to the curvature of its wings. She wasn't sure if there were motions at the extreme tip of the wings; but the strange machine seemed to stand still for several minutes, and its form was very distinct. Suddenly, it either lowered itself towards the horizon, or the bank of cloud-mist made an upward movement (maybe both movements occurred) for the machine passed behind the cloud and did not reappear. Immediately afterwards, a great flush of color spread over the sea." (Round Robin Issue, Feb. 1947; Carl Feindt, UFOCAT PRN - 11431, Flying Saucers on the Attack by Harold T. Wilkins, p. 44, 1954.)

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