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The Valentich disappearance refers to the disappearance of 20-year-old Frederick Valentich while on a 125-mile (235 km) training flight in aCessna 182L light aircraft over Bass Strait in Australia on 21 October 1978.
Described as a "flying saucer enthusiast", Valentich radioed Melbourneair traffic control that he was being accompanied by an aircraft about 1,000 feet (300 m) above him, that his engine had begun running roughly, and finally reported, "It's not an aircraft."
There were belated reports of a UFO sighting in Australia on the night of the disappearance, however Associated Press reported that the Department of Transport was skeptical a UFO was behind Valentich's disappearance, and that some of their officials speculated that "Valentich became disorientated and saw his own lights reflected in the water, or lights from a nearby island, while flying upside down."
"Melbourne Episode- Case Study of a Missing Pilot "describes one of the most fantastic and bizarre events in the annals of aviation. A young private pilot radioed to Melbourne aviation authorities of an unidentified luminous phenomenon which seemed to approach him, hover nearby, circle over his own airplane and then suddenly vanish. Then the pilot and airplane disappeared without any trace. This book documents the events leading up to this mysterious incident in 1978. With the precision of a research scientist, the author brings his professional investigative background to bear on many seemingly contradictory and unrelated events such as Valentich's long-standing serious intentions to become a commercial pilot versus allegations that he staged the whole incident. Other possibly related facts include the presence of CIA personnel at a super secret base in central Australia and the author's analysis of strange "metallic" sounds made during the last minutes of his radio transmission.
The first half of the book is factual, presenting all of the available information; the second half was comprised of four fictional chapters presenting realistic narratives of what might have taken place that night. The reader must decide for himself which is most likely in this gripping account. Its outcome is both surprising and entertaining.
originally posted by: mirageman
Thank you again for getting this released Isaac along with many other UFO documents and files.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
The metallic sound played in the first documentary clip, is that THE metallic sound? Or, as sstated in the second full 2 part documentary, is it true that still to this day the actual recording has not been released?