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UFO suspicions still cloud disappearance of Frederick Valentich

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Mark Dunn Herald Sun, Australia

The mystery of what became of pilot Frederick Valentich who disappeared mid-flight off the Victorian coast 36 years ago while telling air traffic control he was being followed by a UFO might never be solved.

But recently unearthed papers do shed some light on the bizarre incident.

Air safety investigation documents reveal an engine cowl flap from the same model Cessna 182 aircraft he was flying in 1978 washed ashore at Flinders Island five years after he vanished.

But opinions were divided on whether the 30cm long component, broken in three pieces and corroded, came from Valentich’s doomed plane.

And now it appears the part may have been lost or scrapped.

Frederick’s brother Richard has called on aviation authorities to ascertain whether the cowl debris remains in storage somewhere. Modern tests could verify if it was in the salt water of Bass Strait for five years.

“If there is some evidence that can link it then it is worth pursuing,” Mr Valentich, 47 said.

In a bizarre coincidence, investigation documents held by the National Archives of Australia also show Frederick Valentich had spoken to his girlfriend about being taken by a UFO just a week before his Cessna disappeared.

Valentich told Melbourne air traffic control he was being followed by a long metallic, unidentified aircraft with four bright lights which at times moved at high speed or orbited above his plane, before reporting his engine was failing.

Nothing further was ever heard from him.

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The Australian newspaper runs a story about Frederick Valentich’s lost plane.

An intensive sea search at the time found no trace of the plane or 20-year-old Valentich, who months earlier had accessed confidential RAAF reports about UFO sightings.

Conclusions that the young pilot who was apparently fascinated with aliens faked his own UFO abduction or crashed into Bass Strait as a result of disorientation are still rejected by the Valentich family and those who know them well.

The official Department of Transport investigation report listed a number of hypotheses, including “UFO intervention”, disorientation, hoaxes including a controlled landing on the sea and escape, a landing in a remote location, or a crash in which the wreckage has simply not been found.

But in the wake of a fruitless four-day search for debris off Cape Otway – by at least eight vessels and an Orion aircraft – the Dot stated “it seems likely that the aircraft did not crash in the sea between Cape Otway and King Island”.

Valentich, who had 150 hours flying experience, took off from Moorabbin airport at 6.19pm on October 21, 1978, to fly to King Island, northwest of Tasmania.

Numerous reports were made that night from members of the public of a “fast moving brilliant white light” but the Mt Stromlo Observatory near Canberra also advised the period was “the peak of the meteorite stream with 10-15 sightings per hour achieved”.

The Cessna cowl flap, with partial serial numbers matching the 182L model, was found on May 16, 1983 some 320km from Cape Otway, and prompted hope the mystery would finally be solved.

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Pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared in 1978 while flying a Cessna over the Bass Strait to King Island.

But Steve Robey, the air traffic controller who spoke to Valentich on that fateful evening, doesn’t believe it’s from the same Cessna, registration VH-DSJ.

“It’s still an open case,” Mr Robey, himself a licensed pilot, said.

“If it was much closer to the area where he went down you would consider it, but it’s an extremely long way, to the point I discounted it.”

Mr Robey said he was in a unique position to judge Valentich’s mental state at the time and got to know his family in the years after as decent, sensible people.

There was nothing in what Valentich said over the radio to Mr Robey, at Melbourne air traffic control, which indicated a hoax or disorientation and loss of bearings.

“He sounded genuine when he was talking to me.”

Mr Robey said NASA analysts had assessed the audio transcript and found Valentich to be under genuine stress.

Conversely, a Dot assessment of the audio said Valentich’s recorded voice appeared to remain “matter of fact”.

Mr Robey doesn’t believe Valentich was confusing the lights he saw with bright stars or a meteorite shower or that he was somehow inverted and seeing reflections off the water or the Otway lighthouse.

“If he suffered disorientation and crashed into the water you think they would have found a lot of debris.

“Surely there would have been something found during the intense searches, oil or something.”

While some oil was found in the area, it was deemed to be too much to come from a light aircraft and must have been marine based.

“He wasn’t disorientated when he spoke to me,” Mr Robey said.

But he concedes Valentich may have become disorientated after he lost radio contact and may have crashed in a remote area of the Otway ranges and the plane is yet to be found.

Another option Mr Robey doesn’t discount is that Valentich was indeed taken by a UFO or interfered with by an unidentified craft.

“The simple fact there was so much activity at the time (in sightings).”

He cites the dozens of UFO sightings and reports of unexplained lights both immediately before and after the Valentich disappearance that night.

In another strange coincidence, Mr Robey said he was working at air traffic control about five days later and another light aircraft pilot radioed him during a navigational flight above East Sale and reported being passed three times by an intensely bright light travelling at jet speed, coming close enough to force him to land his aircraft.

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Pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared in 1978 while flying a Cessna over the Bass Strait to King Island.

“I jokingly said to the guy next to me, ‘Here we go again’,” Mr Robey recalled.

Valentich’s father, Guido, who died in 2000, believed his son may have been abducted by aliens and the family visited the same spot at Cape Otway on each anniversary of his disappearance, where they erected a memorial.

But like the rest of the Valentich family, he never got the answers he needed.

Richard Valentich was 12 when his brother vanished but said there was no family fixation on UFOs.

“The concept of a UFO taking my brother is very far out there,” he said.

“Did he encounter something that made him crash? That may be more plausible. There’s a lot of theories out there but no one has proven anything.”

Mr Valentich said his brother would have been honestly and accurately describing what he saw, whatever it was.

He said his mother still held hope Frederick was alive, but the family just wanted to know, 36 years later, what happened.

“It’s like those people going through it now (with the Malaysia MH370 search), it’s the not knowing what happened.”

Royal Australian Navy research scientists were asked in 1983 whether the part found on Flinders Island, which was not buoyant, could have “walked” along the ocean floor from the Cape Otway search area over a five-year period.

The RAN responded by saying there were unusually strong sub-surface currents in that period which could have transported the debris that far.

But according to the-then Flinders Island airport manager Arthur Withers, whose son found the cowl flap opposite the northern runway washed up on a beach at Parry’s Bay, there were another two Cessnas of that type which lost similar parts during takeoff prior to 1983.

“The first thing we thought of is it may have been from the (Valentich) plane to King Island,” Mr Withers said. But given the other two incidents, it was more likely the cowl came from one of them but it was impossible to be sure.

Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) documents state the aluminium part was “greatly eroded” and that the “operating bolt, of steel, while heavily corroded, appears to have failed on impact or in flight (i.e. not by corrosion).”

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Frederick Valentich went missing in 1978 while flying his plane from Moorabbin to King Island.

Despite new technologies which could help indicate the age of the flap and whether it had remained in Bass Strait for some years, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which replaced BASI, have no record of what became of it and it may have now been discarded.

Valentich disappeared a year after the films Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Wars were released and ignited an intense community interest in UFOs and the potential for extraterrestrial life.

Richard Valentich said he saw Star Wars with his brother but Frederick had what was, during the period, just a normal level of interest in UFOs.

BASI documents state Frederick – who was a member of an RAAF cadet program and had wanted to be an air force radio technician – was a “firm believer in UFOs” and that his mother had reported seeing one earlier in 1978.

“His (Valentich’s) belief had been strengthened recently when he was allowed to see the RAAF’s confidential files on UFOs at East Sale and Laverton,” BASI documents held by the National Archives show.

“He couldn’t discuss these details with his family as they were confidential.

“Frederick worried about attack from UFOs and what they could do.”

When investigators interviewed Valentich’s girlfriend, Rhonda Rushton, she told them of a conversation they had during a drive through the Dandenongs on October 15, 1978, just six days before he was last seen.

According to Ms Rushton, Valentich said: “If a UFO landed in front of me now, I would go in it, but never without you.”

Another twist in the case, identified in a Dot report, states Valentich told Ms Rushton he planned to meet her at 7.30pm on the evening of his flight to King Island.

Given his takeoff at 6.19pm, it was a time “he could not possibly keep,” the report states.

The Dot reports state Valentich gave two different reasons for taking his first night flight over water to King Island; telling family he was picking up crayfish but informing Moorabbin control he was collecting passengers.

But there was no crayfish at King Island at the time and no one identified as waiting for him.

Valentich had appropriate clearance and experience to undertake the solo night flight, but had struggled progressing towards his full commercial pilot’s licence.

Although he was only one subject away from obtaining that goal, he had twice failed five CPL subjects and received a counselling letter from authorities after straying into controlled airspace in Sydney.

Researcher Keith Basterfield, who uncovered previously unpublished investigation files in the national archives in 2012, said the case attracted endless speculation but he added:

“I think that we may never know what actually happened that night.”

While many have faced ridicule for their consideration of a UFO theory, a number of rational minds have pursued the case with objectivity.

The late Paul Norman, of the Victorian UFO Research Society, spent years interviewing people and investigating the case.

He chronicled three witnesses who each claim they saw an aeroplane descending at a steep angle with a much larger object with green lights flying just above it.

Based on the trajectory, Mr Norman concluded the Cessna crashed into the sea southeast of Cape Marengo between 5km and 20km offshore.

“The nature of the large object with green lights that accompanied the aeroplane during its steep descent remains to be identified,” he wrote.

Richard Valentich, his mother Alberta and his sister still visit their memorial to a long-lost brother and son at Cape Otway most years.

They stand on the cliff, look out across the sea and wonder.


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Indians and aliens – “I was told that there are four aggressive species in the universe, and humans are one of them.”

Indians and aliens - "I was told that there are four aggressive species in the universe, and humans are one of them." 93

Dr. Ardi Sixkiller Clarke, professor emeritus at Montana State University, who is a native of the Cherokee tribe, has studied Indian stories about the “Star People” and collected stories of encounters between aliens and native Indians over the years.

Here is one of the stories she recorded, which she recorded from the words of a female elder named Tali:

I have seen star creatures all my life. The first time I was about 8 years old. I picked berries by the river. I watched the ship descend and land across the river. I crossed the river, stepping carefully over the rocks so as not to get my feet wet. I was curious; I’ve never seen anything like it.

As I approached, the door opened and I went inside. I remember that the star beings greeted me. There were two women. One combed my hair and said that I was beautiful. After that, I often met with them.

Sometimes I brought them flowers, sometimes stones. My grandmother told me that stones have a soul, and I tried to explain it to them. I don’t think they understood. But they taught me to heal with my hands. Star doctors taught me how to treat diseases with my hands. They taught my grandmother how to heal.

When my grandmother died, the star beings were very saddened and I was tasked with continuing her work and learning about herbs and healing people naturally and metaphysically.

They are light, tall and thin. They are much smarter than us, but they are interested in our development. They travel the stars and learn from others throughout the star system. They collect information about the aging process of earthlings. They are trying to understand why we die so young.

Star people live much longer than we do. The normal age for them is 1000 Earth years. They do not have such diseases as we do. Their civilization does not consume alcohol and tobacco.

They choose who they will be, their job and stay on it forever. They become experts in their field, which leads to many discoveries that improve their lives. Star physicians visit Earth constantly. They mostly watch, but all over the world there are “helpers” who serve them. Both my grandmother and I were their assistants.

Star people call themselves observers.

They weren’t cruel. I was told that there are four aggressive species in our universe. People are one of them.”

Dr. Clarke ends the story like this:

“For the next five plus years, I frequently visited the reservation to meet Tali. She remained strong and mobile until her death at 95. On the day of her funeral, several people saw a UFO appear and hover in the sky. I was one of them.”


In the stories of many people who have come into contact with representatives of extraterrestrial civilizations, there are references to the fact that they are just observers. It seems that some of these creatures are just curious observers of planet Earth, collecting data, as if some of them are carrying out scientific missions to bring information about other planets and civilizations back to their planet.

We are not alone in the universe. Perhaps one day we ourselves will become aliens for someone exploring another planet.

Can we change?

As for the fact that humans are one of the most violent species in the universe … We are empathetic beings with tremendous potential for good. We really can, but we do not change, and if you were an alien watching what is happening on our planet, you would probably be intimidated by how aggressive and cruel we are …

It is a pity that we are in a group of worlds characterized as aggressive, but I really hope that we will change. People can change, but only by standing at the edge of the abyss and realizing that if they do not change, human civilization will simply disappear. We are already on the edge of the abyss. We have actually destroyed the house we live in and the name of this house is Earth.

Humanity has only two ways – to change or die out.

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The CIA has laid out all its information about UFO’s in the public domain

The CIA has laid out all its information about UFO's in the public domain 94

The Black Vault, which publishes declassified data, has posted on its website an impressive archive of CIA documents related to UFOs. The founder of the project, John Greenwald, says that he received all the documents by official means from the hands of the organization’s employees.

And suddenly, the CIA declassified its entire database of UFOs. That is, the secret service has documents from the 1980s and everything shows that conspiracy theories are becoming a reality. Already, the “Black Vault” website contains several relevant documents, which can be downloaded by anyone.

The term “Unidentified Flying Objects” is commonly used in the documents.
Some of these may be due to light reflections or errors in the pilot instruments. However, some are objects of inquiry by the Pentagon.

The CIA claims that they have nothing else, but it is not possible to verify this statement.

It was possible to obtain information thanks to the Law on Freedom of Information, and the process itself was launched at the turn of the 70-80s of last century. 

The representatives of the special services had to admit that the public ultimately has the right to find out the secrets of the government, but the process of transferring information is not really regulated. According to Greenwald, he spent 25 years in endless meetings, disputes and bickering with the CIA, until he finally got what he wanted.

But not everything is so simple – the researcher was handed a box with about 10,000 printed sheets of very low quality. He had to scan them manually, some things could not be disassembled at all, many documents were scattered. 

“Starting about 20 years ago, I struggled for years to get additional UFO records from the CIA,” Greenwald said in an email to Motherboard. “It was like pulling teeth! I went around with them to try and do it, finally achieving it. I received a large box with a couple of thousand pages, and I had to scan them one page at a time.”

The CIA used the rather outdated .tif format, so software processing is also difficult. Ufologists don’t have to talk about a gift, it’s more like trying to get rid of garbage in order to get rid of annoying researchers. 

“Researchers and curious minds alike prefer simplicity and accessibility when they look at such data dumps,” says Greenwald. “The CIA made it INCREDIBLY difficult to use its archives in a sensible way. They offer a very outdated format (multi-page .tif) and offer largely unusable text output, which I think they intend to use as a “search” tool. In my opinion, this outdated format makes it very difficult for people to view documents and use them for any research purposes.”

However, there are also enough mysterious stories there.

Thousands of files were uploaded in the first 24 hours after release, Greenwald said. Some documents are crisp and clear, while others are almost impossible to decipher.

According to Greenwald, one of the most interesting documents in this article relates to the fact that the Assistant Deputy Director of Science and Technology passed on some serious information about UFOs to the CIA back in the 1970s. After that, it became extremely difficult to obtain information from the government about extraterrestrial phenomena.

The release of the documents comes six months before the UFO report to be released by the US government. This means that the revelations are not made at this time randomly.

In particular, intelligence experts have 180 days to formulate an official report on signs or secret aircraft near US military bases, which will be released later.

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Greenwald posts the files in the Black Vault, as he claims that publishing the files is a matter of public interest and notes that citizens have a right to know.

“The public has a right to know!” Greenwald says. “When I started my research almost 25 years ago, at the age of 15, I knew there was something about this topic. Not from viral online pranks, not from secret meetings with insiders that no one has ever seen. No, this is all UFO evidence straight from the CIA and NSA. I feel like I’ve almost achieved what I set out to do – give people easy access to important material so that people can form their own opinion about what’s going on.”

The aliens are already among us.

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Trump-signed bill obliges US federal services to publish UFO contact data

Trump-signed bill obliges US federal services to publish UFO contact data 96

The incumbent president of the United States signed the government spending bill this Sunday. The bill signed by Trump, among other things, obliges the US federal services to publish data on contacts with UFOs. American magazine Newsweek told about it in its publication. This provision appears in the report of the Special Committee on Intelligence, chaired by Senator Mark Rubio. 

The document is an annex to the new Exploration Permit Act. It says that the US Secretary of Defense, the Director of National Intelligence and other officials must report on the facts of observation of aerial objects that could not be identified. They are also called “anomalous flying vehicles”. Of course, this is not only about “alien ships”.

Reports must be submitted no later than 180 days from the date of entry into force of the law. The special committee demands to include in them a detailed analysis of investigations of UFO “intrusions” into American airspace, which were conducted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The publication calls all these requirements a “request”, stating that they are not binding, since they have no legislative force.

If the executive branch fulfills this important request, the nation will finally have an objective basis for assessing the validity of this issue and its implications for national security.
– said the former director of human resources of the Senate Intelligence Committee Christopher Mellon.

The request from the special committee came after the appearance of the footage of flights of mysterious aerial objects, which were filmed by the pilots of the naval aviation in 2004 and 2015, published by the US Department of Defense.

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