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The 1998 Guyra "crash"
The Kelly Cahill
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past a strip of grassy land in Melbourne.
Peter Khoury Bill Chalker and alien
The Tully saucer nest
UFO's in Victoria
The 1999 Victorian UFO flap
Woomera Rocket Range
The story of
Frederick Valentich is possibly the most famous of all Australian UFO
encounters. The young pilot and his Cessna disappeared over Bass
Strait, off south-eastern Australia in 1978.
Valentich was on
his way to King Island, between the Australian mainland
and Tasmania, when he told air traffic controllers in Melbourne
that he was being buzzed by a UFO with four bright lights
about 1000 feet above him.
He continued to comment about the objects characteristics before all contact was lost.
There had been many UFO sightings
in the area and also over the Tasman Sea and New Zealand, to the
These sightings culminated in objects being filmed by a
new crew in December 1978 and January 1979.
Bass Strait is a
noted area for the disappearance of many ships and aircraft as
well as UFO reports.
On Christmas Eve, 1969, a Fuji light plane disappeared while flying from King
Island to Moorabbin airport.
In the month before Valentich vanished, the
King Island News had carried numerous accounts of UFO sightings, many of
them reported to police at Currie and Grassy.
The crew of the fishing
boat, Random Harvest, had been buzzed by a gigantic light.
attended for a special course relating to UFO's at Sale Air
Base in south eastern Victoria.
So concerned was he about what he had seen and
been told at Sale that Valentich emotionally told his parents
shortly afterwards that "should they take me I
should be O.K. so don't worry, they will probably put me
No trace of Valentich or his aircraft have been
Guido, said his son used to study UFOs "as a hobby
using information he had received from the Air Force."
was not the kind of person who would make up stories, Guido added,
"everything had to be very correct and positive for him.
The fact that they have found no trace of him really
verifies the fact that UFOs could have been there." Guido Valentich said he hoped his son hadn't crashed but
had been taken by a UFO."
photograph is now famous as the one snapped Valentich disappeared.
Several observers had noted a
black denseness hanging over the ocean in the area.
Paranormal File By John Pinkney).
had taken a series of photographs of the sunset from a position about
2km from where Valentich made his last radio contact.
One of the shots caught an object
bursting out of the ocean.
Tests proved the object to be solid and about
6 metres in diameter.
pilot with a Class Four instrument rating, took off from
Moorabin Airport at Melbourne, Australia on October 21, 1978.
Prior to leaving he had obtained a meteorological briefing and had
filed a plan for a night flight to King Island and
back. It was a 125 mile training flight in his single
engine Cessna 182.
flight was in the midst of a rash of UFO
sightings in southern Australia, particularly in Bass Strait, through which
Valentich's journey would take him.
He was on
his way to King Island, between the Australian mainland
and Tasmania when he told air traffic controllers in Melbourne
that he was being buzzed by a UFO with 4 bright lights
about 1000 feet above him.
During that time, twenty people located in
different areas around Bass Strait observed a green light
in the same direction and at the same time the pilot was
reporting the approach and description of an object with
a green light.
In addition, other reports have been forthcoming, such as a mother and
four teenagers in the southern suburb of Frankston.
reported what appeared to resemble a skyrocket, although
the object was stationary, a report from Ormond, a suburb
in southern Melbourne, occurring at 7:15 p.m. when lights
were noted in a cigar shaped arrangement and two lads who were out in the street communicating with their walkie-talkies
when they saw a star-shaped object appear at a low
altitude over their heads.
11 2000, Melbourne's Herald-Sun reported that fresh light
had been shed on the case of the Victorian pilot.
An Apollo Bay man, (the area near where the
pilot experienced problems) said
that he, his son and two nieces observed Valentich's Cessna and a green light hovering above
it as they hunted rabbits in Cape Otway. The man had
not come forward previously for fear of ridicule. He
placed the aircraft as going down off Cape Marengo just
south east of Apollo Bay, between five to fifteen
kilometres offshore. This was a considerable distance from the
original search area.
A niece looked up and saw the green light and called to
her uncle, "What is that light?" The uncle
looked up and answered, "An airplane light".
The niece then said, "No, the light above the
airplane". Frederick was the only pilot flying in
the area at that time. Sight of the airplane and object
was lost when they flew behind the hills.
The flight plan called for Valentich to
maintain an altitude below 5,000 feet and for the flight
to be in two parts: 41 minutes to Cape Otway, then 28
minutes to King Island. He had advised the briefing
officer that he was picking up friends on King Island,
and he took four life jackets in the plane with him. His
plane was a Cessna 182, made of modular units that would
float for several minutes. The plane had been refueled to
capacity, enough for five hours flying time. After take-off
Valentich established radio contact with Melbourne Flight
Service via VHF radio. His designation was "DELTA
radioed that he had Cape Otway in sight. Cape Otway is
the last bit of the Australian continent along the flight
path to King Island. According to official records, the
weather in the Cape Otway area was clear with a trace of
stratocumulus clouds at 5,000 to 7,000 feet, excellent
visibility, and light winds. Dusk was at 1918 hours local
authorities immediately launched a huge air and sea search. An RAAF
Orion spent all of Sunday 22 October in perfect visibility, searching
the area off Cape Otway where the Cessna had disappeared.
Valentich would not be seen again. And despite the fact that his light
plane had been equipped with inflatable jackets and designed so that
easily stoppable wreckage would float to the ocean surface, no trace of
the aircraft was ever found.
civil nor the military authorities are unduly communicative about
incidents of this kind.
The first the public knew about the pilot and
the alleged disappearance was when a Melbourne radio station broadcast a
brief speculative report in an afternoon news bulletin.
pressure from newspapers and TV newsrooms, the department of transport
then reluctantly released what was claimed was a full transcript of the
radio exchange between Valentich and Melbourne.
The story made world
headlines, as did its sequels.
Following is the actual transcription between Valentich and
the Melbourne Flight Service.
Flight Service, DSJ - Frederick Valentich aircraft
1906:14 DSJ Melbourne, this is Delta
Sierra Juliet. Is there any known traffic below five
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, and it seems to me like landing lights.
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
FS Delta Sierra Juliet, roger, and it is a large
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
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
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?
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
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
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).
had been continually holding down his communication button throughout
An unexplained sound abruptly terminated the
The original recording of Valentichs
fight was mysteriously erased.
No official conclusion has been given for the strange sound which
interrupted the last
statement of the pilot.
The sound was what could be
called a scraping of metal against metal. Steve Robey,
the flight traffic controller asked him repeatedly what
was the scraping sound heard.
Also deleted from the tape
were his last few words where Valentich decried flames
from the end of the cylinder shaped object as it passed
His plane then being engulfed in a strange
green light and a feeling of burning that followed when
his transmission ended.
The Cessna was equipped with a radio survival beacon, but
no signal from it was ever detected.
Robey did not believe that
Valentich was perpetrating a hoax. Valentich's plane had
to be at an altitude of at least 1,000 feet at the time
of his last transmission because VHF radio is line-of-sight,
and could not have been received ninety miles away at
Melbourne if he was below 1,000 feet.
Given that his transmissions were
received up until the moment of tragedy, it is impossible that this
happened below 1,000 feet.
father believes evidence of his sons abduction was
in fact was being monitored by Pine Gap
Intelligence Agency and the National Reconnaissance
Pine Gap is a military zone that is in the heart of
Australia. This zone is under U.S. government control and
is considered "top secret". Only high-ranking
officials can enter and it is under high surveillance.
is also part of the government spy program "Echelon".
Boats and aircraft have found no trace of the 20-year old
twelve hours after the Cessna's radio transmission ceased, a passenger
aircraft with nine people aboard vanished above the Solomon Islands.
The RAAF search participated in this search also but as in Bass Strait,
no wreckage was recovered.
have surrounded his disappearance and they are based on
freak weather conditions, UFO abduction and even military
This theory is supported by former NASA scientist
Richard Haines who has studied the case.
There were several
other mysterious sightings in Victoria and Tasmania.
On October 9, 1978, in
Launceston Tasmania (2100 hrs) a husband and wife were returning home
when they saw a bright yellow light in the sky.
After a while this light
descended alongside the road and paced their car. It did this for forty
to forty-five kilometres. (TUFOIC)
On November 9, 1978, at
3.15am, a 24 year-old taxi driver in Hobart saw a green object drift
into the middle of the road.
He slammed on his brakes and the object
disappeared. The driver maintains that his communications radio blacked
out for a time.
On November 25, 1978, in
Sanford Tasmania (2350hrs) a woman noticed a doorway of light over the
driveway at the front of her house.
As she approached it, she noticed
that through, and only through this door could she see the driveway.
The door was estimated to be twelve metres high and two to three
Worlds Greatest UFO mysteries', by Roger Boar and Nigel Blundell
devotes a chapter to the goings on in the skies over Australia and New
Zealand in late 1978.
It says that during a ten day period, six pilots separately reported curious objects flying alongside their planes.
Radar stations recorded inexplicable blips on its screens. Wellington (New
Zealand) Air Traffic Control watched for three hours as objects darted around at
Above Cook Strait, ten shapes blipped on the screen,
'radically different in behaviour from normal aircraft'.
On December 31
1978. A television news team
from Melbourne, Australia filmed a UFO while
flying over New Zealand's South
Island, just east of Bass Strait.
reported that the UFO was apparently tracked by radar as
well, and the Royal New Zealand Air Force put a Skyhawk
jet fighter on special standby alert.
The pilot of the
news team's plane said he first noticed a bright white
light about 20 miles ahead, and "It appeared to stay
still until we got within 10 miles, then it turned with
us as I changed course.
It then went above us and circled
and came down beneath us. It was making definite
movements in relation to us."
The journalists had been keen to
record footage of the UFO's which had been reported over the Tasman Sea.
were on assignment from Channel 0 in Melbourne and decided to use a newspaper
delivery flight as a means by which to chase the objects.
The pilot of this
particular aircraft , Captain James Starrup had also reported seeing objects in
recent weeks. Now with his load of news reporters and co-pilot Bob Guard, he saw
the objects again.
The Melbourne news team included
reporter Quentin Fogarty, cameraman David Crockett and his wife, Ngaire a sound
Fogarty said: "We saw a blazing
white fireball about fifty miles ahead. It was brilliantly lit at the bottom and
appeared to have orange rings around it. They were moving in intelligent
fashion. They seemed in control of the situation. Not out of this world".
Co-pilot Guard said that they
watched the object for twenty minutes. It was almost like watching a strobe
Captain Starrup said that "one
object resembled a large ball of light. No aircraft would have the kind of
acceleration this thing did. It came within eighteen miles of us and we decided
to go in closer. It went above us, then below, then shot away at amazing
The film was shown around the world
to stunned audiences and also analyzed by navy photographic expert Dr. Bruce
Maccabee. The film was taken to Maccabee in the US by Channel 0 producer Leonard
Lees in January 1979.
Using computer enhancement, Maccabee
saw a perfectly formed gold triangle which he estimated to be the size of a
Another frame showed an oval with a small dome protruding. A third
section of the film showed a circular object moving at astonishing speed. Dr.
Maccabee said that the film unarguably shows the images which could not have
come from stars or planets, or the water below.
The Physicist also flew to
Sydney to secretly interview the witnesses.
Famed UFO researcher Stanton
Friedman said, "we are definitely dealing with a genuine unidentified
A New Zealand camera team also took
to the air early in 1979. They managed to film an illuminated ping-pong ball,
rotating, pulsating and darting around over the North Island.
several other disappearances from the east coast of
Australia around the time of Valentich's flight.
Newport NSW Trudie Adams, 18
Pymble NSW Michelle Pope, 18
Pymble NSW Stephen Lapthorne, 21 (And above disappeared
with their van on their way to a skiing holiday.)
1979 Byron Bay NSW Allan Fox 21
1979 Byron Bay NSW Anneke Adriannsen 19
20 years later, on the afternoon of October 21, 1998 a
plaque was placed in the grounds of the Cape Otway light station near the Weather Station by
family and friends.
Paranormal File, by John Pinkney, delves into the past and reports
on the disappearance of two passenger planes which vanished over Bass
Strait in the 1930's.
October 19, 1934, almost precisely forty-four years before the disappearance
of Valentich, a mail plane named Miss Hobart, which was carrying ten
people from Launceston to Melbourne disappeared over Bass Strait.
The aircraft was one of the most powerful in the Australian skies and experts
have said that even if two of the planes four engines failed, it would
still be able to maintain altitude with a full load.
Even if three
engines failed, it was said that such a plane could safely land. Four
engines failing at once is almost impossible.
Miss Hobart was 13
kilometres from Wilsons Promontory when its last radio transmissions
year later, on October 22, 1934, Melbourne's Age newspaper reported that
the crew of a cargo boat observed two right lights in the sky which
shone like a flare before disappearing.
vessels course was diverted both times the objects were encountered.
October 2, 1935, a second airliner, the Loina, was lost over Bass
A UFO was
witnessed in the Port of Geelong in February 2001.
Passengers on a rebuilt
sailing ship saw an extremely bright gold coloured ball over Corio Bay,
which runs into the Strait.
Those on board the 'One and All' watched in
awe as what appeared to be the search light of a helicopter approached
the pleasure boat.
The sun-like orb then disappeared into the clear
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