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:

1906:14

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.

1906:44

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.

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1907

FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1907:31

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.

1908:18

DSJ Melbourne, it’s approaching now from due east towards me.
FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1908:41

DSJ (open microphone for two seconds.)

1908:48

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, it seems to me that he’s playing some sort of game, he’s flying over me two, three times at speeds I could not identify.

1909

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, what is your actual level?

DSJ My level is four and a half thousand, four five zero zero.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, and you confirm you cannot identify the aircraft?

DSJ Affirmative.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, stand by.

1909:27

DSJ Melbourne, Delta Sierra Juliet, it’s not an aircraft it is (open microphone for two seconds).

1909:42

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, can you describe the -er- aircraft?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, as it’s flying past it’s a long shape (open microphone for three seconds) cannot identify more than it has such speed (open microphone for three seconds). It’s before me right now Melbourne.

1910

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger and how large would the – er – object be?

1910:19

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne, it seems like it’s stationary. What I’m doing right now is orbiting and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also. It’s got a green light and sort of metallic like, it’s all shiny on the outside.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1910:46

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet (open microphone for three seconds) It’s just vanished.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1911

DSJ Melbourne, would you know what kind of aircraft I’ve got? Is it a military aircraft?

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, Confirm the – er ~ aircraft just vanished.

DSJ Say again.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, is the aircraft still with you?

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet; it’s (open microphone for two seconds) now approaching from the south-west.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet

1911:50

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet, the engine is rough-idling. I’ve got it set at twenty three twenty-four and the thing is coughing.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, what are your intentions?

DSJ My intentions are – ah – to go to King Island – ah – Melbourne. That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again (open microphone for two seconds). It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.

FS Delta Sierra Juliet.

1912:28

DSJ Delta Sierra Juliet. Melbourne (open microphone for seventeen seconds).


Communications between Valentich and Melbourne Flight Service were recorded from 7:06 to 7:12 p.m., before an unexplained sound abruptly terminated the voice communications.

This encounter almost mirrors another incident that occurred on the other side of the globe in Mansfield, Ohio on October 18, 1973, five years prior to the Valentich, when Capt Lawrence Coyne and his crew also encountered something mysterious.

They were flying at 2500 feet when a crew member alerted the captain that a strange object was approaching. Coyne dropped his altitude down to 1700 feet but the object followed the helicopter down and then settled in a position in front of it. The object and the helicopter were flying at 1200 knots at the time.

Although Coyne had his controls set for a descent, he found that the helicopter was in fact in an ascent. At 3500 feet the crew heard a loud ‘thump’ and the helicopter broke loose from the object. During this period, Coyne tried to radio air fields, but neither the VHF or UHF radios were working.

This craft was described as being cigar shaped and moved in a nearly identical manner to the one reported by Valentich.

Coyne and his crew were lucky to make it back in one piece – Valentich was not so lucky.

It would be easy to dismiss the Valentich encounter and subsequent disappearance as an unfortunate accident and that the whole UFO angle was perhaps just a delusion. However other evidence came to light which supports the UFO claim.

At 2pm on that fateful day, witnesses saw a UFO emerge from a strange cloud over Curry Island. The sky was clear except for the cloud and the only moving object was the UFO.

At about 4:30pm, two cigar shaped objects were reported over Bass Strait. They described them to be about three-quarters the size of a Boeing 747 aircraft, joined together with two silver beams. The movements of the objects were confirmed by a string of witnesses along its flight path.

At 6:45 pm, merely 21 minutes before Valentich first radioed the tower to report the unknown object, Royy Manifold photographed an object coming out of the water near the Cape Otway lighthouse. These photo’s have undergone intense analysis and so far have been proved to be real.

Researchers have found over fifty reported observations in that area which occurred before, during and after his encounter. These were compiled and investigated by the Victorian UFO Research Society.

Taking all the evidence together, this has become one of the most compelling incidents to prove the existence of not only UFO’s, but of UFO abductions as well.

Only one question now remains: Where is Frederick Valentich now?

Check out this site for a weird follow-up!

UFO Experiences: FREDERICK VALENTICH UPDATE

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