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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'. 

Cylinder With Twin Trails
March 13, 1951
McClellan AFB, Sacramento, California

Brad Sparks:
March 13, 1951; McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Calif. (BBU 907)
3:20 p.m. USAF 1st Lt. B. J. Hastie and Mrs. Rafferty saw a cylinder with twin tails, 200 ft long and 90 ft wide, turn N at incredible speed. (Berliner)

Dan Wilson:
March 13, 1951; McClellan AFB, Sacramento, Calif. (BBU 907)
1520 hours (3:20 p.m.) PST. 1st Lt. Buel J. Hastie and Mrs. Rafferty while driving in a car sighted an object at an estimated 2000 foot in altitude hovering near Sacramento. The object was approximately 200 feet in diameter, 90 feet deep, cylindrical in shape with twin tails attached. The object turned in a northerly direction and appeared to move at incredible speed and disappeared. Duration of the sighting was approximately 2 minutes.

Detailed reports and documents
reports/510313sacramento_report.htm (Dan Wilson)

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