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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'. 

Three Pancake-Shaped Objects Observed
Sept. 3, 1950
Spokane, Washington

Brad Sparks:
Sept. 3, 1950; Spokane, Wash. (BBU 797)
2 p.m. Major R. J. Gardiner saw 3 metallic bronze discs, 20-30 ft long, 2-6 ft thick, moving independently and erratically; his wife and neighbor [Fortney?] saw 1 object. (Berliner; FUFOR Index) 5 mins

Dan Wilson:
Sept. 3, 1950; Spokane, Washington (BBU 797)
2:00 p.m. PST.  Maj. Russell J. Gardinier observed three pancake-shaped objects approximately 20 to 30 feet across constantly quivering and oscillating in the air. The objects were capable of abrupt changes of direction and speed, yet also could hang motionless in the air. The objects were a metallic bronze color. No sound was heard from the objects. Mrs. Gardinier and Mrs. Lowell Allen, observed the third object as it climbed and disappeared toward Fairchild AFB. The objects first appeared from the NW until they were abreast of the NW corner of Spokane, orbiting there for approximately five minutes then they headed SW towards Fairchild AFB. At 10:00 p.m. Capt. and Mrs. Fortney while driving on Highway 2 near Fairchild AFB, observed a bluish white light approaching their car at a high rate of speed. The light passed over the car and proceeded on a SW course overflying the hangers areas and runways of FAFB.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/500903spokane_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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