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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'. 

20'-Diameter Disc Observed
April 3, 1949
Dillon, Montana

Brad Sparks:
April 3, 1949. 1 mile SE of Dillon, Montana (BBU)
11:55 [11:50?] a.m. Miller Construction Co. owner Gosta Miller, a commercial pilot and aviation engineer, and an employee, and a trucking company owner and a gas station attendant (Lovell, Lessey, Greene) saw an object like two inverted plates attached face-to-­face, matte blue-grey or greenish-grey non-reflective bottom, bright aluminum top reflecting sunlight, 20 ft diameter (others estimated 15-25 ft), 4-5 ft thickness. Object seen over the N end of town at 3,000-5,000 ft height about 4 miles away moving in several directions rocking or rotating in semi-circles 6 times, move E descending rapidly to about 700-1,000 ft height, rock again a few times with upper side now visible reflecting sunlight, fly SW to 2 miles W of Dillon, rock again a few times, then rapidly flew over airport 12 miles NE of Dillon at 1,000 ft departing rapidly to the E disappearing over mountains. No sound or trail. Speed > 1,000 mph so great object seemed blurred. (Berliner; cf. FOIA; Jan Aldrich) several mins

Fran Ridge:
Note comments by Capt. John P. Brynildsen, District Commander: "Particular attention is drawn to the fact that the direction of travel of the unconventional aircraft conforms with the radio beams in the Dillon range" (See below *)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/490403dillon_report.htm (Dan Wilson, Fran Ridge & Bill Schroeder)
MAXW-PBB5-996.jpg (Fran Ridge) *

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