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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'. 

Six UFOs Seen By WWII Pilot
May 13, 1949
Shafer Butte, Idaho

Dan Wilson:
May 13, 1949; Shafer Butte, nr. Boise, Idaho (BB)
Bt. 11:00 and 11:20 a.m.  Mountain Time, Robert F. Smith, a World War II bomber pilot, saw six unidentified flying objects about 10 miles west of Shafer Butte. Smith at the time was driving from Caldwell to Boise. Five of the objects were flying in a "V" formation at an estimated 13,000 feet. The objects were the approximate size of a B-29 aircraft, silver on top and dull on the bottom, and the shape of a half-circle with a point in the front. The objects were in view for approximately 5 minutes. The five objects appeared to be in a descending spiral formation and seemed to be linked together because they remained in almost perfect formation. The objects then changed course and took off into the sky at high speed. No commercial or private aircraft were known to be in the vicinity where the objects were observed. Neither were military aircraft scheduled in that area.

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