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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'. 

Sighting 2 Hours Before National Alert
Dec. 6, 1950
Westover AFB, Massachusetts

Dan Wilson:
December 6, 1950; Westover AFB, Massachusetts (BB)
8:16 a.m. EST. A civilian at Westover AFB, observed an object half moon in shape, with a silvery outline traveling south at a speed greater than known aircraft. The object appeared to be at an altitude from 10,000 to 20,000 feet. The object was first sighted at an estimated 60 degree angle above the horizon. The object disappeared suddenly without apparent reason. The Westover Approach Control Radar was inoperative at time of reported sighting. The observer is a member of the Air National Guard and is an aircraft mechanic.

Bruce Maccabee:
Approximately 2 hours before the ConAC Air Defense Controller notified the Headquarters USAF Command Post that a number of unidentified aircraft were approaching the NE area of the United States, an unidentified half moon shaped flying object was observed at Westover AFB in Massachusetts. Whether the Air Force intelligence or the CIC received any special UFO information is not known. However, there were sightings on December 6 which are in the Blue Book file: one at West Springfield, Massachusetts (near Westover AFB) at 8:16 AM (one object, half-moon shaped, fast, flying in a southerly direction) and one at Fort Myers, Florida at 5 PM. (See 1950 Chronology)

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