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The Valentich UFO Disappearance (Abduction)

Updated on August 13, 2018
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Marc Hubs is a writer/researcher on mind, science, and conspiracy. He is the author of "Know Your Enemy: Reflections of NPD."


In 1978, pilot Frederick Valentich disappeared during a flight over the Victorian coast, whilst reporting that he was being followed by a UFO.

Amazingly, newly revealed documents released by the National Archives of Australia also show how Valentich had previously told his girlfriend that he had already been taken (i.e. abducted) by a UFO in the past.

On the night that Valentich disappeared, there were numerous reports from the general public of a "fast moving brilliant white light". However, this was assumed to be the result of a meteorite stream by Mt. Stromlo Observatory near Canberra.

It has been suggested that Valentich was already fascinated with aliens and UFOs and that he had attempted to fake his own UFO abduction, which presumably went horribly wrong. His family reject such claims.

In actual fact, there was a wave of unexplained UFO sightings both immediately before Valentich's disappearance and immediately afterwards and Valentich had reported that his engine had failed whilst being followed by the UFO. Nothing was ever heard from him again.

Despite a four-day search of Cape Otway by eight vessels and an Orion craft, no debris was found and it was concluded "it seems likely that the aircraft did not crash in the sea between Cape Otway and King Island".

Months before his disappearance, Valentich had accessed confidential RAAF reports of UFOs which led him to become a true believer and which could not be discussed with his family and friends.

After seeing such reports, Valentich had become concerned about the capability and true nature of UFO's and as indicated by the declassified Australian documents, it appears that Valentich may have already been abducted by UFOs in the past.

Newly released Air Safety Investigation documents also show how an engine cowl flap from the exact same model plane he was flying, a Cessna 182, had washed ashore five years later at Flinders Island. If this indeed a part of Valentich's aircraft, it's possible that testing could confirm whether it was in the salt waters of the Bass Strait for five years or not.

However, Valentich had reported that he was being followed by a long, metallic aircraft which had four bright lights which moved at high speed and orbited above his aircraft, just as his engine started failing.

The engine cowl flap was found washed ashore on 16th May 1983, showing partial serial numbers that matched the 182L model. However, the Air Traffic Controller who was speaking to Valentich that very night, Steve Robey, does not believe that the cowl flap was from Valentich's aircraft.

According to Robey, NASA analysts assessed the audio transcript of the event and confirmed that Valentich was under genuine stress and that there was no indication of any kind of hoax or disorientation on Valentich's part and that he spoke about the incident in a "matter of fact" way.

Additionally, five days after Valentich's disappearance whilst working on Air Traffic Control, Robey received a radio transmission from another pilot who claimed to have been passed three times by a jet-speed, unidentified, intensely bright light which came so close it forced him to land his aircraft.


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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      9 months ago from Gurgaon

      An interesting piece. Such sightings and information should not be withheld. Or maybe that's done to avoid panic, can't say for sure. People have many a times expressed odd experiences and sightings. But these are often suppressed.

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      Marc Hubs 

      21 months ago from United Kingdom

      Indeed, I have seen and experienced some very strange things myself and have had multiple "paranormal" experiences (though i hate the word "paranormal" due to the stigma and connotations attached).

      Oddly, I have had these experiences ever since I was a young child (including UFO experiences), but I had completely forgotten about many of them until recent events in my life started to trigger those memories.

      I do think that the reason ive had such weird experiences is because I attracted them into my life - almost as though I agreed to them, and I think thats why they dont happen to most people - because they dont welcome them or invite them into their lives.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      The trouble is of course that whatever you see nobody darn well believes it! I have seen odd stuff, not sure what, in the past, I just keep it to myself now. Interesting stuff.

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      Marc Hubs 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Dan,

      I do believe that all of us have certain abilities which we don't use any more.

      This includes things like telepathy, remote viewing and remote influencing.

      I recommend reading up on The Law of Attraction (The Secret), Cosmic Ordering and I recommend the books Think And grow Rich and The Law Of Success in Sixteen Lessons both by Napolean Hill.

      There are some great clues in those books.

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      2 years ago

      Hello I saw a post you wrote about having some special abilities, could you please point me in the right direction on how to develop the powers of my mind? Any insight or reference material would be greatly valued. Thanks for your time-Sincerely Dan

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      Marc Hubs 

      2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thanks for the comments.

      Indeed we might never know the full extent of what's really going on regarding UFOs, especially the inexplicable ones, but surprisingly there is a huge disclosure movement going on around the world.

      The governments and militaries of many countries are indeed releasing their files and some them (like Brazil and Ecuador) and extremely compelling. The most compelling case I'm aware of which details have been disclosed of is the Brazilian Operation Saucer - a UFO incident which lasted eight months and was witnessed and recorded by the government and military of Brazil.

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      Nell Rose 

      2 years ago from England

      I definitely do believe something is going on. but will we ever really know? Interesting stuff!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Interesting story and one with which I was not familiar. Thanks for publishing it.

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      2 years ago from Barstow

      Sounds like there are many nations involved in trying to suppress information concerning UFOs, abductions and possible contact with our planet.

      Interesting. I would like to know why the governments are not more open concerning these things.


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