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Dr. Omand Solandt Interview - 06-08-91

From: Grant Cameron <presidentialufo.nul>
Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:00:50 -0500
Archived: Mon, 11 Nov 2002 15:16:08 -0500
Subject: Dr. Omand Solandt Interview - 06-08-91

Dr. Omand Solandt was Chairman of the Canadian Defense Research
Board until 1956. His Chairman position was at the same level as
the Chiefs of Staff, and the Deputy Minister of National
Defense. He is mentioned both in Wilbert Smith's Top Secret
flying saucer memo, and in the 1951 Smith/Canadian Embassy
Correspondence. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Solandt
was interviewed and exchanged a number of letters on UFOs. The
following is one of the key interviews.

Solandt, Dr. Omond Interview June 8, 1991

AV: Armen Victorian
OS: Omond Solandt

OS: Hello

AV: Dr. Solandt

OS: Yes?

AV: This is Dr. Victorian from England.

OS:  Doctor?

AV: Victorian

OS: Yes?

AV: I spoke to you a while ago if you recall.

OS: I don't recall. I am sorry.

AV: Yes. I called you around a month or so ago. That doesn't
matter Doctor

OS: What was the call about?

AV: It was at the time about the MKUltra Projects.

OS: I think it sounds like some sort of misunderstanding. It
doesn't ring a bell with me.

AV: It was about MKDelta. It was about a kind of work Dr.
Cameron did.

OS: Oh Yes. I am sorry. It is beginning to come back to me. Ah

AV: That is right. I have in my possession documents about a
person who had electrodes in his head.

OS: Have you?

AV: Yes. I have the actual x-rays that the man has sent me. He
still has three of them in his head.

OS: Well. I'll be damned. I did not even know about that. See,
as I told you before. I had nothing directly to do with Dr.
Cameron's work at all.

AV: Anyway the past is past. But, I thought to let you know that
these things are still bothering people after all these years.
Dr. Solandt, I am going to ask you about something entirely
different. I am going to ask you about Wilbert Smith.

OS: Y.E.S?

AV: And the work that he did, and at that time you were his

OS: No, I was never his boss. He never worked for me.

AV: He never reported to you anything about his work?

OS: Well, I knew about his work. This is when I was Chairman of
Defense Research Board. He was very keen with communicating with
outer space. He came to the Defense research Board to seek help
for his work for looking for these signals, and we gave him some
help, but it was entirely passive. We had a place in the country
that we had chosen for this. Fairly close for radio research. We
allowed him to use it, as I recall. It was a long time ago. We
allowed him to use a small building we had there. It was only
like a garage.

AV: Did he have any result with his work?

OS: No.

AV: I understand in one instance, when it was a bit foggy, he
managed to register something on his equipment.

OS: Not that I ever heard of.

AV: Oh, but you were aware at the time that the Americans were
doing some serious research on the same subject?

OS: Ah . . .not that they were doing any work on it. They were
watching it very carefully, as far as I knew.

AV: Especially Van Bush.

OS: Well, I was about to say . . .I got my information from Van
Bush. At that time we used to see him a couple of times during
the year, and that was a subject we sometimes discussed. But we
never did any joint work on it.

AV: Did he ever tell you what were their latest findings?

OS: Smith?

AV: No. Van Bush.

OS: Well, as far as I know, they had no findings other than
those, which appeared. What was the name of the head of the
Bureau of Standards? Wrote for it . . .before the American
Government. No I know there are continual references to secret
American work, but I certainly did not know of it.

AV: I see. Do you think in the position that you were in at the
time, and the relationship that your government had with the
Americans, that the Americans would have been prepared to share,
as you referred to?  That category of work? I mean work which
was very secretive or above top secret with you?

OS: They certainly would have, if we had shown interest in it
and the need to know. We have shared some above top-secret
information. This is not exactly what we regard as being very

AV: Was there any interest there on your part?


AV: This question might sound a little out on context, but I
would try to phrase it in the best possible way. Was there any
pressure or briefing from your more secret rank? I mean above
your level at the time, to ask you to find out what the
Americans are up to in those particular subjects, the UFOs?

OS: None at all.

AV: Did you have any interest yourself?

OS: No, well, I had just a watching interest. I personally never
saw any evidence of extraterrestrial, either machines or
communications. But we kept an open mind. We did not see any
great importance for actively trying to find out if there is
anything of that kind.

AV: How about Dr. Eric Walker? Does that name ring a bell with

OS: Oh yes, I knew him. Not terribly well, but fairly well.

AV: Would you think that he is a credible person, or was a
credible person at the time? Would he have held an office that
would have had access to that type of information?

OS: Oh, he was a credible person, and I think he would have had
access -- yes.

AV: OK. What would you say if I told you Dorctor that I have
phoned Dr. Eric Walker, and that in his own words, he said that
yes they did work on crashed saucers. Yes, they did have
pathological report on the entities etc.etc.

OS: Well Iwould be very surprised. I would like to talk to Dr.
Walker. I do not know if he is still alive.

AV: He is still alive, and I can give you his number if you

OS: No, I don't want thanks. I am 82 now and in poor health.

AV: In am sorry to hear that. But I can assure you that I have
his confirmation on a very serious note through several
conversations that I have had with Eric so far.

OS: Yes.

AV: That he has confirmed. In one particular instance when I
asked him did we learn anything from them, his answer was short,
sharp and to the point. "Sure". That was his word.

OS: Well I find it very interesting, but I am not going to do
anything about it.

AV: I understand Doctor. Could you do me a favor please? Could
you please give me some of the names of the boys who were
working with Dr. Walker at the time in the same office, together
with Van Bush?

OS: No I could not. I never worked in that office. I only
occasionally met them, when they came up here.

AV: What was their opinion about Wilbert Smith? Do you think if
they have had that information they would have shared it with
Wilbert, or would they have come through authorities higher than
Wilbert like yourself in order to share it?

OS: I think, probably they would not have shared it, unless we
would have shown an interest in it.

AV: Did Wilbert ever push you, via another office in order to
have access to higher-ranking information, on a need to know

OS: In Defense, there was not really any higher body except the
minister. I was at the top of the Defense research organization,
at the same rank as the Chefs of Staff. The Chief of Staff of
the Armed Forces was a member of the Chiefs of Staff Committee.
I cannot be sure whether any of the Armed Forces had any
communication with hi. That I would not know about.

AV: Would you say Doctor that Wilbert Smith had some sort of
suspicion at the time, that the Americans had the material that
he was desperately looking for?

OS: Oh, I think that he always had this feeling that he was
being held back from them. Everywhere that is typical of people
in this field.

AV: And would you not say that in a sense he was the cause for
his own downfall, because he shared some of his information with
some people. One particular person for example that he should
not have shared -- Maj. Keyhoe at the time?

OS: I don't see that sharing information did any harm.

AV: In a sense that I the Americans wanted, or had in their
minds in the future to share that information with him, since
they knew that he was doing some work. Since they noticed that
he had spread the word around with someone like Keyhoe, they
decided not to proceed.

OS: I do not know. See, I feel that if information of this kind
really existed, and had been in existence, now that after 20
odds years it would have spread around somehow. Or, if there
would have been other examples, or if there were landings, that
Eric walker was involved, and why have there not been others

AV: Well, there have been others since. In fact I am in touch
with one such person, whose credentials are impeccable, but this
is not the point. I totally agree with you, but then again since
you held that high office. Therefore you are also quite familiar
that there are areas of information that would never become
public. It is so much compartmented that if you even get a piece
of the jigsaw that it does not mean much anyway. Don't you agree
with me?

OS:  No, not really. I think all this compartmentalization only
lasts for a few years. Then it starts to disintegrate, if the
information's of real importance.

AV: I see.

OS: That is just a personal view.

AV: But the situation in the US government is even tighter than
those years, back in the 40s or circa 50s. It is much tighter

OS: It is?

AV: Much much tighter.

OS: Good luck with what you are digging.

AV: I try my best. You have been of great help, and I thank you.

OS: Not much.

AV: Doctor, look after yourself, bye.

OS: Bye.


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