The 1952 Tremonton, Utah UFO Fleet (Video)

Tremonton, Utah USA, UFO “Fleet” Color Film of July 2, 1952, a famous film in UFO history.

US Navy Chief Photographer, Warrant Officer Delbert C. Newhouse, his wife and their two childern were driving along a road seven miles from Tremonton on 2-Jul-1952, when they spotted a formation of bright objects, flying against a clear blue sky. He had the chance to use a 16mm camera and telephoto lens to shoot thirty feet (~1600 frames) of film of the objects, which had meanwhile moved further away. (Newhouse interview 1956, Dr.McDonald 1970)

Newhouse, with 2000 hours flying time as an aerial photographer during his 21 years with the Navy, was in effect a professional aerial observer, a unique qualification for making the sighting.

Photo of Officer Newhouse courtesy of

The film was studied at the US Navy’s photo lab at Anacostia (NPIC). Navy film experts made a frame-by-frame analysis that took over one thousand man-hours. They studied the motions of the objects, their relation to each other in the formation, the lighting of the objects, and every other piece of data they could find on the film. It was also studied for three months at the Photo Reconnaissance Laboratory of the Air Force Intelligence in 1952. The analysis, then classified Top Secret, stated:

This film could not be duplicated under simulated conditions. The objects appear to be a light source rather than reflected light. All the objects appear to be the same size and circular in shape. At a distance of five miles, with the movement perpendicular to the line of sight, the average velocity is 653.5 mph. Likewise, at 2.5 miles the average speed is 326.75 mph. The movement in flight appears to follow an elliptical or circular pattern, within the group.While the objects are unidentified, the following possibilities have been eliminated:

  1. Balloons
  2. Aircraft
  3. Birds

The image structure and maneuvers eliminates any type of aircraft. Microscopic examinations show that the objects are in focus and 1/6th to 1/10 the size of the full moon with the naked eye. Photogrammetric experiments have shown that the images cannot be associated with any type of bird observation at any distance.

Despite that, the Robertson Panel commissioned by the CIA in Jan-1953 to look into the UFO subject, dismissed the sighting as birds (seagulls). Details in Major Ruppelt book, Ch.16.

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