In the early evening of 21 October 1978, 21-year-old Frederick Valentich boarded a hired Cessna aircraft and taxied down the runway at Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport. Valentich planned to fly the Cessna across Bass Strait to King Island, pick up some friends, and perhaps some crayfish, and then return to Melbourne to meet up with his girlfriend.
He never made it to King Island.
Unfortunately, we do not know exactly what happened to Valentich over Bass Strait that night. All we have is the radio transcript between himself and Melbourne Air Traffic Control. Today, that radio transcript lies at the heart of Australia’s greatest UFO mystery.
From the radio transcript of Frederick Valentich’s last communication:
Delta Sierra Juliet – Melbourne. Can you describe the … er – aircraft?
Delta Sierra Juliet … as it’s flying past it’s a long shape’ [open microphone for three seconds] (cannot) identify more than that. It has such speed [open microphone for three seconds]. It is before me right now Melbourne.
Delta Sierra Juliet – Melbourne. It seems like it’s (stationary) or (chasing me). 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.
Delta Sierra Juliet. 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.
And then, the final transmission made by Valentich:
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.
Delta Sierra Juliet.
Delta Sierra Juliet – Melbourne [open microphone for 17 seconds. A strange pulsed noise is audible during this transmission.] This noise was also described as ”metallic, scraping sounds”.
No trace of Valentich or his plane has ever been found.