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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 Sightings Of Object With Lighted Windows
January 27, 1949
Bt. Cortez & Bradenton, Florida

Fran Ridge:
Jan. 27, 1949; 6-11 miles over the Gulf of Mexico, bt. Cortez & Bradenton, Florida (BBU 284)
11:20 p.m. EST. Capt. Ekerman Sames, Acting Chief of the Aircraft Branch, Eglin AFB, and his wife were driving slowly and observed a cigar-­shaped object (described as resembling a cucumber) at first. The object, observed from the ground through binoculars, was described  as long as 2 Pullman cars, with 7 lighted square windows and throwing sparks, approximately 8-10 miles away. In the first sighting at 10:20 p.m. the object approached from the south going north, going from 8,000' into a gradual descent until screened by trees. In the second sighting at 11:20 p.m. EST the object was observed in the north, heading south, making a gradual turn to the west, descended then climbed with a bouncing motion (up 4,000', down 2,000', etc.) at about 400-500 mph resulting in an overall climb and loss to view at an altitude of the order of 40,000' .  Bouncing appeared to start after the final 270-degree course change (turn to the west).  (Berliner; FUFOR Index) 25 mins (second sighting).

Detailed reports and documents
reports/490127cortez_report.htm (Dan Wilson, Bill Schroeder & Mike Swords)

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