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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'. 

"Washtub" Ground/Visual
May 16, 1949
Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona

Brad Sparks:
May 16, 1949; Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona
5:00 PM. Object was described as black, round and flat in shape, similar to a washtub. It maintained the same altitude, fluttering as it disappeared behind an obstacle. Ground/visual from a military source. 8-10 seconds

Detailed reports and documents
report/490516davis_monthan_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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