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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'. 

Polished Saucer-Shaped Object
January 23, 1949
Tillamook, Oregon

Brad Sparks:
Jan. 23, 1949.  4 miles S of Tillamook, Oregon (at 4522'17" N, 12348'16" W [elev. 137 ft ASL]).  11:05 a.m.  Machinist and former wartime air defense observer Charles E. Leckington and wife Rose C. while driving S on Hwy 101, about 1/4 to 1/2 mile N of Pleasant Valley, saw a shiny, silvery, round stationary object about 10-15 ft size glinting in the sun to the SE at about 35 elevation about 2,000 ft height about 1/2 to 3/4 mile away (in its belated investigation in April, AFOSI claimed a height figure of 500 ft without explaining the discrepancy).  When he went inside his shop with Allen Hughes of neighboring Hughes Grocery to get binoculars the object had disappeared.  No sound or trail.  Burt [Bert?] J. Smith, father-in-law of Leckington, living in house behind the Leckingtons, (at 4522'04" N, 12348'07" W ? [elev. 155 ft ASL]) saw for about 1 min the polished silver saucer-shaped object reflecting sunlight [nearly?] overhead at first, about 1,000-2,000 ft [1,400-2,000] altitude, angular size of full moon (0.5), then moving NE at about 30-50 mph [30-35 mph], for about 1 min to disappearance at 45 angle [elevation].  (Sparks;  FOIA;  BB files;  Saunders/FUFOR Index)   2.5-3 mins 3 witnesses  ~1 Full Moon   triangulation

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