Warrant Officer Delbert C. Newhouse
(Courtesy, Wendy Connors)
This interview of Warrant
Officer Delbert C. Newhouse was conducted in 1956,
four years after the original interrogation by the
Air Forces's Project Blue Book. The interview was
filmed by Greene-Rouse Productions for inclusion in
the documentary, "Unidentified Flying Objects".
The exact date of my sighting was July second, nineteen
fifty-two, at eleven A.M., Mountain Standard Time. I was
driving on US Highway thirty-south, with my wife and
son, Delbert, and our daughter, Anne. We were on
our way from Washington, D.C., to Portland, Oregon -- on
vacation -- before moving to my new duty station at the
Aviation Supply Depot, Naval Supply Center, Oakland,
California. About seven miles after passing
through Tremonton, Utah, Norma, my wife, noticed a group
of objects in the sky, which she could not identify. I
pulled off onto the shoulder of the road and stopped the
car. I got out, looked up and saw the objects.
There were about twelve of them, milling about in a
round formation and proceeding in a general westerly
direction. They were like nothing I had ever seen
before, although I've logged some 2,000 hours in the
air. They were identical in appearance.
How would you describe these objects?
The shape of two saucers -- one inverted over the
other. I had no way of estimating the
altitude. They appeared to me to be the size of
B-29s at 10,000 feet.
Did you immediately photograph them?
I watched the objects for several moments before I got
my camera out of the suitcase. I lost more time
getting the film out of a second suitcase and then
loading the camera. When I first saw them they were
nearly overhead, but by the time I got the camera ready
they had moved to a considerably greater distance.
What type of camera was it?
A Bell and Howell 16 mm. Filmo Auto Loadmaster camera
with a three-lens turret. I selected the three
inch lens and set it at f:8. I focused on
infinity. The camera was set at sixteen frames per
second -- I did not think to shoot at a greater rate,
although that would have improved the coverage. I
centered the objects in the view finder and made the
first shoot. Then I decided that the objects would
show better if the sky were darker. I stopped the
lens to f:16 and continued photographing. This
proved to be an error, as the film would have been of
better quality had I left it at f:8.
Did these objects remain together as a group at all
No. Toward the end, one of the objects reversed
its course and proceeded away from the rest of the
group. I held the camera still and allowed this single
object to pass through the field of view, picking it up
again later in its course.
Did this single object return to the group?
No. I allowed the single object to pass through
the field of view two or three times and then it
In what direction?
Over the eastern horizon.
What did you do then?
I turned, swinging the camera just in time to see the
rest of the group disappear over the western
What was the weather like?
The day was bright and cloudless.
The visibility was excellent.
How does the film you shot compare with what you saw
with the naked eye? You have studied the
Yes. I've studied the film and I'm very
disappointed. The film falls far short of what I
saw with the naked eye -- due to the delay in getting
the camera going and to my error in exposure. --
If I had had that camera on the seat beside me, loaded
and ready to go, there wouldn't be any need for
questions. The Air Force would have the
What is your full name, please?
Delbert Clement Newhouse.
Are you currently on active duty in the Navy?
Yes, sir, I am.
What is your official Navy rank?
My title is Chief Photographer. I am a
Commissioned Warrant Officer, United States Navy.
How long have you been in the service?
Is there anything else you can add to the description of
They were a bright silvery color.
Can you describe any particular details?
They had a metallic appearance. They seemed to be
made of some kind of polished metal.
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