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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'. 

Two Military Families Report Seven Objects
July 17, 1948
San Acacia Dam, New Mexico

Brad Sparks:
July 17, 1948; 5 miles S of San Acacia Dam, New Mexico (BBU)
4:50 p.m. Two Kirtland AFB Sgts. on a fishing trip with their families saw a group of seven aluminum circular possibly spherical objects approach from the South at 20,000 feet,  pass overhead at 1,500 mph if the altitude was correct (5°/sec angular velocity), at first appearing like snub-nosed jet fighters of unknown type, shifting from V formation to L formation to circular formation to no regular formation, at which point a regular pulsating flashing light appeared in the group at 30° from zenith to the N, and at this oblique angle the objects did not appear circular. No noise or trail. (FOIA) [10-30 secs?]

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