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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'. 

GOC Observes Silver Object With Dome
April 24, 1954
Hartland, Maine

Brad Sparks:
April 24, 1954; Hartland, Maine (BBU 2976)
6:10 p.m. (EST). GOC observer Dean Robinson saw a very large, silver, oblong object with a dome on top and flashing light inside the dome, no sound or exhaust trail, stationary on the horizon for 15 minutes then climbed straight up to disappearance. (Jan Aldrich)

Fran Ridge:
The Ground Observer Corps knew they had a UFO when the object went vertical, but unless it would return, it was too late to do anything about it. So they did the next best thing. Two F-86's were scrambled at 2342Z, 17 minutes after the UFO had vanished, and searched the area for 30 minutes with no results.
Blue Book listed this as an unknown

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540424hartland_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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