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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'. 

Maneuvering Object Witnessed By Three Observers
March 8, 1949
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Dan Wilson:
March 8, 1949; Los Alamos, New Mexico (BB)
6:35 p.m. Two observers reported intense white/aluminum colored object moving horizontal, then descending, from 800 mph to slower than a twin-engine airplane. (AFOSI Cases 36-37)

Fran Ridge:
6:35 p.m. A strange object was reported over the installation and details given indicate it was elliptical or similar in shape of fuselage to a German ME-109. The witness from the Kirtland AFB control tower reported a blue-white object in the NW horizon in a vertical descent and exploding before reaching the earth. No sound reported. Another witness from the Los Alamos AEC Project was a security guard at station #106 and he reported a luminous object greenish white in color and W. of SW. Its direction of flight was  SE on a horizontal plane at about or below cloud cover. He observed his object for 2-4 mins. and speed slower than a meteor. No sound. Finally a third witness, a guard at station #103, said the object had a billowy white tail and was observed W. of SW gliding in a 60-degree downward angle but seen only for 2-4 seconds.

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