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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'. 

Former B-17 Gunner Observes Descending Ellipse
Aug. 2, 1954
Westlake, Ohio

Fran Ridge:
Aug. 2, 1954; Westlake, Ohio (BBU 3149)
5:17 p.m. Ex-AAF B-17 gunner (19 missions) N. E.  Schroeder saw a thin, bright ellipse, like polished metal, about 50-seconds of arc wide or about the size of a shirt button. Object hovered at 5000' for 5-8 secs, dropped down, described as a free-fall. to 2,000 ft in 3 secs and disappeared by fading out. The estimated distance of the object was 6 miles. (Berliner)

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