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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'. 

Huge "Dishpan" Flies Over Arsenal
June 27, 1950
Texarkana, Texas

Brad Sparks:
June 27, 1950; Texarkana, Texas (BBU 738)
7:50 a.m. Red River Arsenal employees Terrell and Yates saw a bright object shaped like two dishpans face-to-face, fly straight and level at high speed. (Berliner) 4-5 secs

Dan Wilson:
June 27, 1950; Texaskana, Texas
7:50 a.m. local. The object was described as shaped like two dishpans 18" wide and 5" deep turned together, and as they would appear at about 15 feet distance. It appeared to be of bright shiny aluminium that glittered and no projections were observed on the object which was moving from north to south. One observer stated that the object appeared to have gone through a low flying cloud. The object was observed for approximately 4 to 5 seconds. The Project Blue Book evaluation of this sighting is listed as UNIDENTIFIED.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/500627texarkana_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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