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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'. 

Object Below Clouds & Against The Wind
July 30, 1947
Fort Richardson, Alaska

Lara Elliott:
July 30th 1947 (Date the report came in), Fort Richardson, Alaska
Two army officers in the Alaskan headquarters witnessed an object passing at tremendous speed. The first officer's attention was drawn to the object initially and he pointed it out to the second officer. He described it as spherical and 2-3' in diameter. No vapor trail was observed. The clouds were “scattered above 10’000' and the object, described as being metallic and silver looking, was beneath the clouds. The second officer stated that the object stayed within his vision for about 15-20 seconds. The object was described as travelling due S at considerable speed. He describes the object as being around 10 feet in diameter and about “half the size of a full moon” and its altitude being 3000-4000', which is a considerable difference between the first officer's approximations. The object was also said to have been travelling against the wind. (Lara Elliott, FBI files, PDF 4 of 16 Page - 25+26)

Detailed reports and documents
docs/470730fortrichardson_FBIdocs.pdf (Lara Elliott)

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