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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'. 

Discs Hover Between Smokestack & Tree
September30, 1949
Camp Holabird, Maryland

Fran Ridge:
September 30, 1949; Camp Holabird, Maryland (BB)
3:17-3:19 PM. While on duty as a Military Policeman on the Main Gate,  witness observed two (2) unidentifiable aerial objects near the smoke stack of the Chevrolet Assembly Plant which is adjacent to Camp Holabird. These objects appeared to hover between the smokestack and a large tree, a relatively short distance away. FLOYD described the objects as disc shape, much like an enlarged silver dollar, very shiny, but at such a distance as to prohibit actual  observance of any specific color. A comparative measure as to the actual size of the objects was estimated as being approximately one half the diameter of the Chevrolet Assembly Plant's smoke stack. Approximate angle of elevation during the period of observation was estimated as about 15 degrees. The objects seemed to be proceeding in no apparent direction, but because of the uncertainty concerning the distance of the objects from the observer, it would be difficult to estimate any definite speed. FLOYD heard no sound that he could attribute to the objects and saw no flames or exhaust. The objects appeared to be without fins, canopies, or antenna. Weather conditions at the time of observation were evaluated as relatively clear, no clouds were present, although a slight ground haze is thought to have existed. Position of the sun at time of observation was estimated as being 15 degrees in azimuth south of the objects, and an undetermined angular distance above. It was impossible to establish the manner of disappearance of objects inasmuch as the objects left FLOYD's field of vision during an interruption caused by persons passing through the gate.

Detailed reports and documents
docs/490930campholabird_docs.pdf (Fran Ridge, Jan Aldrich, Chris Wyatt)

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