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  Category 1, Distant Encounters 
Rating: 5  


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'. 

Three Observe Round Silver Object
September 5, 1949
Reno, Nevada

Fran Ridge:
September 5, 1949; Reno, Nevada (BB)
2:00 p.m. MST. Observers: S/Sgt Willie L. Cole, USAF, 23rd Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, his wife and another lady reported a perfectly round, silver object with curved sides coming to a smooth round edge, about the size of a P-38 wingspan. Altitude: 3000 to 5000 feet; speed: 500-600 mph heading due west. Object flew perfectly straight and level for about 2 minutes. Comments: No sound, smoke, contrails, or exhaust was observed. (BB Archives, Ridge)

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