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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'. 

Winged Objects Cavort Over Airport
August 8, 1949
Medford, Oregon

Fran Ridge:
August 8, 1949; Medford, Oregon (BB)
11:20 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. At Medford Municipal Airport, six observers (some military; some civilian CTO's) saw a number of objects, varying from 1 to 7, traveling slow to very fast. the objects were estimated at 30,000 feet and were shiny, and would fly formation for a while and then break off and reform in trail formation. They would disappear for short periods and then reappear in the same general area. Persons from the control tower used binoculars to get a better look at the objects and were able to distinguish wings on the objects but no further identification could be made. Air Force Conclusion: Balls of thistle. (Dan Wilson, BB Archives)

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