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The disappearance of Frederick Valentich

The disappearance of a 19-year-old Australian pilot and his plane in 1978 is one of the most mysterious phenomena in the history of air travel. Some believe that the plane was stolen by a UFO, some put forward more prosaic options. Today we will restore the chronology of those distant events and try to answer the question: "So where did Frederick Valentich disappear?"

Biography of Frederik Valentich

Frederick was born on 9 June 1959 in Melbourne, Australia. Since childhood, the guy was fond of aviation and dreamed of becoming a pilot. After refusing to enlist in the Australian Air Force, Frederick found a job in one of the suburbs of Melbourne and simultaneously studied at a pilot school in order to become a professional pilot.

The disappearance of Frederick Valentich

Like most young people at the age of 19, he did not have a special thirst for knowledge, which was reflected in his studies: he failed exams several times and created dangerous situations at the controls of an airplane. Another secret passion of the guy was ufology (the science of aliens). Frederick sincerely believed in their existence and hoped to witness UFOs in the future, but this time as a pilot. According to his father, as a child, Frederick and his mother watched flying saucers in the sky over Melbourne.

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Before the ill-fated flight, Frederick announced to his family and the girl that he was going to fly to King Island to pick up a cargo of lobsters. Officially, for the dispatchers, the purpose of the trip was to board passengers on King Island and drop them off at Melbourne Airport. At the time of the flight, Frederick was a 4th class pilot with more than 100 hours of flight training.

What happened on the flight?

The weather was fine that day, absolutely flying. The route to King Island was 235 km. and there was no sign of trouble. The plane itself had several life jackets, rocket launchers, and a radio beacon, which means that the pilot could stay afloat and make himself felt when the plane fell into the water.

Almost immediately after the climb, Frederick began to periodically report to the dispatcher about the plane that was chasing him. The speed and design features of the aircraft were surprising to Valentich: he could not determine the type of vessel. The following is a transcript of the conversation between Valentich and the dispatcher.

The story took place on October 21, 1978, after sunrise around 7:00 pm.

Valentich: Is there any known traffic below five thousand [feet]?

Robey: No known traffic. V: I am—seems [to] be a large aircraft below five thousand.

R: What type of aircraft is it?

V: I cannot affirm. It is [sic] four bright, it seems to me like landing lights. . . . The aircraft has just passed over me at least a thousand feet above.

R: Roger, and it, it is a large aircraft? Confirm.

V: Er, unknown due to the speed it’s traveling. Is there any Air Force aircraft in the vicinity?

R: No known aircraft in the vicinity.

V: It’s approaching right now from due east towards me. . . . [Silence for 2 seconds.] It seems to me that he’s playing some sort of game. He’s flying over me two, three times, at a time at speeds I could not identify.

R: Roger. What is your actual level?

V: My level is four and a half thousand. Four five zero zero. R: And confirm you cannot identify the aircraft.

V: Affirmative.

R: Roger. Stand by.

V: It’s not an aircraft. It is—[Silence for 2 seconds.]

R: Can you describe the, er, aircraft?

V: As it’s flying past, it’s a long shape. [Silence for 3 seconds.] [Cannot] identify more than [that it has such speed]. [Silence for 3 seconds.] [It is] before me right now, Melbourne.

R: And how large would the, er, object be?

V: It seems like it’s stationary.1 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. [Silence for 5 seconds.] It’s just vanished. . . . Would you know what kind of aircraft I’ve got? Is it military aircraft?

R: Confirm the, er, aircraft just vanished. V: Say again. R: Is the aircraft still with you?

V: [It’s, ah, nor-] [Silence for 2 seconds.] [Now] approaching from the southwest. . . . The engine is, is rough idling. I’ve got it set at twenty three twenty four, and the thing is—coughing.

R: Roger. What are your intentions?

V: My intentions are, ah, to go to King Island. Ah, Melbourne, that strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. [Silence for 2 seconds.] It is hovering, and it’s not an aircraft. [Silence for 17 seconds, open microphone, with audible, unidentified staccato noise. End of transcript.] ( Aircraft Accident 1982. See also Good 1988, 175–77; Chalker 1998, 964; Haines and Norman 2000; Baker 2000, 248)

A stripped-down version of the dispatcher's dialog with the pilot:

As soon as the plane did not arrive at the airport at the appointed time, rescue operations began. Until October 25, rescuers and civilians were searching for the wreckage of the plane, but the only thing that was found was an oil stain on the water. No remains of the pilot or the wreckage of the plane were found.

After a thorough investigation, the Australian authorities concluded that they could not know the reasons for the apparent fatal outcome of the flight.

Versions of what happened

Version 1. Ufological

Even a few days before the flight, eyewitnesses saw glowing lights in the sky over Melbourne, randomly flying up and down. And the guy's extra interest in this topic caused a response from UFOs, ufologists believed.

Roy Manifold took the photo

Roy Manifold took the photo around the same time, and in the same place, where Valentich disappeared. A dark solid object is visible in the sky, which can be described as a UFO. An interesting fact was discovered later. In 1982, the ufologist V. G. Azhazha said that the Soviet Lieutenant Colonel Kazantsev was introduced to a certain Sarychev, who found a strange black tube made of an unknown material with a plate. 

I, Valentich Frederick J., was captured by a UFO along with my Cessna plane. In view of the limited time and the extreme danger of my situation, I state the most important thing. I was asked to become a spaceship pilot.

Here it is, contact with another civilization, and I, Frederick Valentich, am making it! The most tempting was the fantastic offer to stay in the same physical body, that is, not to age 25 years (the duration of the contract signed by me and the VC) At the time of the transaction, I only remembered that my parents were dead, and I was single.

I didn't even think about the girl I was dating, which once again indicates the strong psychological impact that I was subjected to.

The giant UFO where I have to work is a cargo ship. The crew, in addition to the people captured, like me, consists of two or three VC. All of them belong to civilization from the Pleiades cluster and represent an interplanetary organization with six civilizations from the constellations Orion, Cygnus, and Big Dog.

They claim to be conducting research work on Earth, but this is only a screen to cover up the true activities and to calm the conscience of other earthlings who have signed forced contracts, like me.

Our main cargo from Earth is liquefied oxygen produced by UFO-mounted installations. These "explorers" steal the most valuable part of the earth's atmosphere, and idiots like me actively help them in this. The main route of our ship "Earth-Callisto". There is a large, permanent base on Callisto. We sometimes make two flights a week. God help me and those who find this letter! Russian or Chinese, please transfer this capsule to the Australian Embassy in your country 

On the plate was a message signed by Frederick Valentich:

It sounds very wild, you will agree. But the Australian Embassy identified the handwriting as Valentich's.

Version 2. Prosaic

Given that Valentich was not a very high-quality pilot, it is very likely that he simply crashed in the waters near Melbourne. This fact is facilitated by an oil stain found on the water. The remains of the pilot could have been eaten by sharks, and the remains of the plane were carried away by the current and buried at the bottom of the ocean.

Another version is a conspiracy theory. After the flight, it turned out that there was no need to take any cargo from the island, it was fiction. So why did Valentich go there? We can assume that the pilot faked his death by using a fake UFO (we remember that he was interested in ufology), especially since he had fuel in the tank for 800 km. But why would a 19-year-old kid hide from everyone?

Whatever happened to Frederik Valentich on that sunny, sunny day on October 21, 1978, will forever remain one of the most exciting mysteries in human history.

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