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"Genuine Flying Saucer ...Caught On Movie Film"
July 3, 1958
Diamond Head, Hawaii

Fran Ridge:
Updated 11 July 2020
Jan. 3, 1958; Diamond Head, Hawaii
4:00 p.m. Cliff DeLacey, a Vallejo, Calif., junior college student, reports photographing several of nine UFO's he observed from his relatives back yard near Diamond Head, Hawaii. Startled by the aerial formation, "I yelled at my wife, then dashed into the house for my camera and tripod," he said later. At first he ignored the tripod, but after a few seconds, he regained his composure and attached his 8 mm camera to it. An estimated 90 seconds of the UFO maneuvers were recorded on color film (18 feet?). Fortunately, DeLacey captured the tops of trees, for reference points, near the end of his exposure. According to the Vallejo Times-Herald, January 19, 1958, "there is absolutely nothing about their shape that calls to mind an aircraft of any description. They are spherical, not elongated; no tail fins are visible, nor can anything resembling a wing can be distinguished. After concluding his filming, DeLacey called the Honolulu weather station. They and the Air Force reportedly said there were no balloons in the air at the time. The observer thinks the objects were traveling too fast, anyway. Two "very distinctly round objects" are supposedly clearly reproduced on the film. In one scene, one of the UFOs is in the center of the screen as the other rapidly approaches it. (From How To Film UFOs **/UFOE, VIII; Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos; Barry Greenwood; Rod Dyke)

Special note:
Project Blue Book document (fold3-6973278 *) is not a BB comment but merely a retyped statement: "One of the very rare instances of genuine flying saucers being caught on movie film seems to have occurred in Hawaii last January, when Cliff DeLacey, a 23-year-old college student from Vallejo, California, shot 90 seconds of film. DeLacey saw nine UFO's flashing across the sky, and immediately grabbed his camera. He was careful enough to shoot the tops of nearby trees, to give viewers reference as to the height and relative speed of the unknown objects. To the untrained observer, the UFO's appear to be about 3 or 4 miles away from the camera, flying at an altitude of 7,000 to 8,000 feet, and burning up the airlanes at a speed slightly greater than that of a jet. The silvery globules appear to be no more than 20 feet in diameter. They are spherical, and no tail fins or protrusions of any kind are visible. The film, in color, is said to be clear and to show at least two of the nine UFO's in considerable detail. If this is true, then it is by far the best of the less than half dozen genuine saucer movies known to be in existence."

Detailed reports and documents
Email to NICAP Team about his possession of film, Jan. 3, 1958; Diamond Head, Hawaii (Rod Dyke)
BB doccument, fold3 - 6973278 is information only (Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos) *
How to film UFOs - SAUCERS Autumn 1958 (Barry Greenwood) **
Image of file-film (Rod Dyke files)
NICAP Report [plus 2 others] (Rod Dyke)
Flying Discs Caught On Film - 1958_01_03_US_HI_DeLacy (Rod Dyke, Barry Greenwood)
Miscl items, 9 (UFORC, Rod Dyke)
UFO Student tells reaction newsclip (Rod Dyke)

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