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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'. 

Two Silver Wheels Head South
Sept. 23, 1954
Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Fran Ridge:
Sept. 23, 1954; Gatlinburg, Tenn. (BBU 3227)
9:45 a.m. (EST)  Two witnesses, David Owenby and a woman named Ethel Trainer, had their attention drawn to the reflectivity of two objects moving slowly across thec sky, one behing the other. The two bright silver, bicycle-wheel-shaped objects went from north to south in trail for two minutes until they flew over the horizon.  (Berliner; FUFOR Index)

Detailed reports and documents
reports/540923galinburg_report.htm (Dan Wilson & Bill Schroeder)

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