On October 21, 1978, a Cessna 182 aircraft took off from Melbourne, Australia, en route to King Island. Piloting the aircraft was 21-year-old Frederick Valentich, an experienced flight instructor with 150 flight hours under his belt. This flight was initially a routine training mission, as he was to lead four students in flight exercises near King Island. However, when he reached the Bass Strait, he encountered an extraordinary event.
At 7:06 PM local time, Valentich transmitted an emergency call to the Melbourne Air Traffic Control Center. He reported that he had spotted an unidentified flying object hovering above him. He described the object’s shape and color, mentioning that it had four bright lights and a metallic green appearance. He also stated that the object was much faster than his aircraft and capable of incredible maneuvers. Valentich attempted to change his altitude and direction to evade the object, but his efforts were in vain.
Air traffic controllers heard Valentich’s report but could not detect any unusual signals on their radar. They could only see Valentich’s aircraft flying above the sea. They tried to reassure Valentich and instructed him to return to Melbourne. However, at 7:12 PM, Valentich uttered his final words: “It’s not an aircraft.” Afterward, there was no further communication. Air traffic controllers attempted to re-establish contact but only heard a strange, metallic noise. Valentich and his aircraft disappeared into thin air.
That evening, the Royal Australian Air Force and Navy initiated search efforts for Valentich and his aircraft. They deployed multiple aircraft and ships, conducting extensive searches in the Bass Strait and around King Island. However, over the next four days, they found no trace of Valentich or his aircraft. Not a single piece of wreckage or drop of oil was discovered, as if Valentich and his aircraft had never existed.
This mysterious disappearance captured the attention and speculation of the entire world. Some believe that Valentich was abducted by extraterrestrials, some think he encountered a rift in space-time or a parallel dimension, while others speculate that he voluntarily left or disappeared. However, all of these hypotheses lacked solid evidence. The Valentich disappearance remains one of the most famous unsolved mysteries in Australian history and one of the most perplexing UFO incidents in the world.
Here is the conversation between Frederick Valentich and the air traffic control center at that time:
Now, let’s look at some background information about Frederick Valentich and the events leading up to his disappearance. Valentich was born on June 9, 1958, and he was of Italian descent, living in Australia. He had a lifelong fascination with aviation and dreamt of becoming a professional pilot. He had applied to join the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) twice but was rejected both times due to his less-than-stellar academic performance and some minor psychological issues, including acrophobia and auditory hallucinations. Despite these setbacks, he didn’t give up on his dream of flying. In 1977, he began civilian flight training and obtained his private pilot’s license in 1978. He had plans to open a flight school on King Island and had even rented a house there.
Valentich’s father mentioned that he was very interested in UFOs and often read books and magazines about them. He also stated that Valentich had told him about seeing UFOs twice during flights and believed in the existence of extraterrestrial life. On the day of his disappearance, Valentich had originally planned to fly from Melbourne to King Island and then return as part of a training flight.
His aircraft was a Cessna 172 light aircraft with the registration number VH-DSJ, rented from Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne. He took off at 6:19 PM and was expected to arrive at King Island by 7:30 PM. However, at 6:47 PM, he reported to air traffic control that he had spotted an unidentified flying object, initiating a perplexing and terrifying conversation. This conversation was recorded by air traffic control and later made public.
Let’s listen to this conversation:
Valentich (DSJ): Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet. Is there any other traffic above me?
Air Traffic Control (ATC): Delta Sierra Juliet, no other traffic.
DSJ: I have an unidentified flying object above me, and it looks like…
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, please describe the appearance of that unidentified flying object.
DSJ: It’s hard to describe… it has a metallic surface… it’s emitting strong green light… it seems to be much faster than me…
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, can you confirm whether you are certain that the unidentified flying object is an aircraft?
DSJ: Negative, this is not an aircraft. It’s circling around me… it’s not an aircraft… it…
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, please remain calm. Can you tell us your current position and altitude?
DSJ: My position is 045 degrees and 4500 feet. The unidentified flying object is now to the south of me…
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, please continue flying in the direction of King Island. We will do our best to assist you.
DSJ: The unidentified flying object is now back above me… it seems to be playing some sort of game… it’s constantly changing speed and direction…
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, can you try to take a photo of the unidentified flying object if you have a camera?
DSJ: I don’t have a camera… wait… the unidentified flying object is very close to me now… it seems to be resuming…
It seems to… to… (A high-pitched scream is heard over the radio)
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, are you still there? Please respond.
DSJ: (The radio transmits only some static and noise)
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, are you still there? Please respond.
DSJ: (No sound can be heard over the radio)
ATC: Delta Sierra Juliet, are you still there? Please respond. (No sound can be heard over the radio)
This is the final part of the conversation before Valentich disappeared. Since then, no one has heard from Valentich, and no one has found his aircraft or his remains. He seemed to vanish from the face of the Earth.
So, what exactly happened to him? Was it a staged drama, an extraterrestrial abduction, or something even more frightening?
The Mysterious Letter from the Missing Pilot:
Four years later, an unexpected discovery added complexity to this enigma. In June 1982, a Soviet citizen named Sarrich was detained at the Sino-Soviet border, and he was found in possession of some peculiar items. The most striking among them was a black capsule containing a metal plate inscribed with a letter written in English. The content of this letter was astonishing, claiming to be written by Frederick Valentich, in which he detailed his encounter after being captured by an unidentified flying object.
The letter described how Valentich and his aircraft were drawn into an extraterrestrial spacecraft, and he was compelled to become the pilot for these alien beings. He explained that the aliens employed a form of psychic weaponry to control his will, making it impossible for him to resist their demands. Valentich reported witnessing other captured humans aboard the spacecraft, all taken from different places and times on Earth. He stated that their primary mission was to extract liquid oxygen from Earth, as the aliens required it for their survival. He expressed deep regret for his choices and a desire to return to Earth, although he believed that hope had faded. He concealed the letter in a capsule, hoping that one day it would be discovered by people on Earth.
This letter piqued the interest of intelligence agencies and scientists worldwide, prompting them to conduct detailed analysis and research. After various forms of verification, they arrived at a staggering conclusion: the letter was indeed written by Frederick Valentich, and it was composed after October 21, 1978. This suggested that Valentich had not perished but had genuinely been taken by extraterrestrial beings. This discovery further shrouded the Valentich disappearance case in mystery and fueled human curiosity and imagination regarding alien life and UFOs.
1. Based on the clues and evidence, we can speculate about a few possibilities. First, let’s consider the potential of the unidentified flying object. Some suggest that it might have been a secret Australian Air Force aircraft or experimental plane engaged in advanced testing or exercises.
Supporters of this theory point out that the location of Valentich’s disappearance was only a few tens of kilometers from an Australian Air Force base that had been used for testing advanced weaponry and equipment. They also note that Valentich went missing during the time when the Australian Air Force was conducting its annual exercises, and the description of the unidentified flying object bore some resemblance to known experimental aircraft. For example, there’s a type of aircraft known as the “black triangle,” which has a triangular shell, no wings or tail, and can emit intense light. While this aircraft is believed to be a secret project from the United States or another nation, it’s also possible that it was a joint project of the Australian Air Force. If the unidentified flying object was indeed an Australian Air Force secret aircraft or experimental plane, it might have intentionally or unintentionally interfered with Valentich’s flight, resulting in his crash or disappearance.
The issue with this theory is why the Australian Air Force would conduct such tests or exercises on a civilian flight route. This not only jeopardizes civilian aviation safety but also exposes their secret projects. Furthermore, if this were the case, why hasn’t the Australian Air Force acknowledged or explained the matter? Why keep the mystery alive for decades? Does this imply deeper concealment or conspiracy?
2. Another possibility is that the unidentified flying object was genuinely an extraterrestrial spacecraft, and it either had an interest in or hostility toward Valentich.
Supporters of this theory point out that the location and time of Valentich’s disappearance were both in high-activity zones for UFO sightings. They also note that there were many other UFO sightings and reports before and after Valentich’s disappearance, with some witnesses even capturing photos or videos. For instance, there is a photograph showing an object resembling what Valentich described as a UFO flying over the Bass Strait, with a small dot beneath it that could be an aircraft. This photograph was taken around 6:45 PM on October 21, 1978, shortly before Valentich went missing. This photograph is considered one of the most critical pieces of evidence in the Valentich disappearance case, although some question its authenticity and credibility. If the unidentified flying object was indeed an extraterrestrial spacecraft, it might have made contact with or posed a threat to Valentich for some reason, resulting in his disappearance or demise.
The issue with this theory is why extraterrestrial beings would take an interest in or have hostility toward an ordinary pilot. Does this imply they have deeper motives or plans? Furthermore, if this were the case, why didn’t they leave any evidence or information? Why keep the mystery alive for decades?
3. A third possibility is that the unidentified flying object was actually a natural phenomenon or a misperception, and it had no malicious intent or impact.
Supporters of this theory point out that the location and time of Valentich’s disappearance were occasions when natural phenomena or misperceptions could occur. They also highlight that before and after Valentich’s disappearance, there were numerous examples of natural phenomena or misperceptions, and some experts and scholars have analyzed and explained these occurrences. For example, one theory suggests that the unidentified flying object might have been a planet or a satellite, appearing bright and distinctive due to reflection from the setting sun. Supporters of this theory note that around 6:47 PM on October 21, 1978, Venus was rising over the Bass Strait, and it was one of the brightest objects in the sky at the time. They also mention that under certain conditions, Venus can create optical effects or illusions, making it seem like it’s moving or changing shape.
If the unidentified flying object was indeed a planet or satellite, it might have caught Valentich’s attention for some reason, leading to his confusion or panic. The issue with this theory is why Valentich would be so surprised or frightened by an obviously celestial object. Does this imply he had some psychological issues or misjudgment? Furthermore, if this were the case, why did Valentich describe the unidentified flying object in his radio transmission as having a metallic surface and strong green light? Does this mean he saw something else or was interfered with by something else? Or did he intentionally fabricate a UFO incident for some purpose?
4. This leads to another possibility, that Valentich was, in fact, a hoaxer or an individual with a psychological disorder, and he used a UFO incident to conceal his true intentions.
Supporters of this theory point out that Valentich had some motivations and reasons to do such a thing. They also note that there were some pieces of evidence and signs suggesting he was an unreliable or unstable person. For instance, there is a theory that Valentich was an individual with unrealistic dreams and expectations regarding aviation. He felt frustrated and despondent due to his two rejections by the Royal Australian Air Force. His poor academic performance and psychological issues contributed to feelings of inferiority and stress. He might have sought attention or wanted to prove his abilities by fabricating a UFO incident. Alternatively, he might have used the UFO event to end his own life and leave behind a mysterious and legendary legacy. If Valentich was indeed a hoaxer or someone who couldn’t cope, he might have intentionally manufactured a UFO event for some reason, resulting in his crash or disappearance.
The issue with this theory is why Valentich would choose such a complex and perilous way to achieve his goals. Does this imply he had deeper psychological issues or troubles? Furthermore, if this were the case, why didn’t Valentich leave any note or signal? Why keep the mystery alive for decades?
In summary, the Valentich disappearance case is an event filled with mysteries and controversies, involving various possibilities such as UFOs, extraterrestrials, secret aircraft, natural phenomena, misperceptions, hoaxes, and more. However, regardless of which possibility one considers, there is no conclusive or irrefutable evidence or explanation. Valentich and his aircraft seemingly vanished from the Earth without leaving a trace. What did he really encounter? Was it a self-staged drama, an alien abduction, or something even more frightening? We may never know the answers.
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