31 July 2008, JellyBean @ 5:53 am

In early evening of October 21, 1978, Frederick Valentich, a 20 year old pilot took off from Melbourne’s Moorabbin airport. He was on his way to King Island which is just off the coast of Victoria. The journey was only 130 miles away and in his Cessna 182 it should have taken over an hour for him to make the trip. Unfortunately something mysterious happened and he didn’t arrive at his destination.

Frederick’s last communication that fateful day was at 7:12pm and it is this communication which has propelled this story from a simple disappearance into an intriguing mystery.

Here is a transcript of the communication which took place:


DSJ Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet. Is there any known traffic below five thousand?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, no known traffic.

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, I am, seems to be a large aircraft below five thousand.


FS Delta Sierra Juliet, What type of aircraft is it?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, I cannot affirm, it is four bright, it seems to me like landing lights.



FS Delta Sierra Juliet.


DSJ Melbourne, this is Delta Sierra Juliet, the aircraft has just passed over me at least a thousand feet above.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, and it is a large aircraft, confirmed?

DSJ Er-unknown, due to the speed it’s travelling, is there any air force aircraft in the vicinity?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, no known aircraft in the vicinity.

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