Valentich mystery mongering fueled by UFO group

A young, rule-breaking pilot disappeared over Australia decades ago. Yep, UFO. (roll eyes)

Farmer may hold UFO clue to 36-year Valentich plane mystery.

Almost 36 years to the month that Victorian pilot Fred Valentich vanished without a trace, an independent researcher says there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO.

The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing.

The theory has sparked furious debate as the nation’s leading UFO investigators prepare for a national conference in Melbourne next month.

Lead investigator George Simpson, one of the last people to see the plane in the sky, says the farmer, if still alive, might have information to solve the mystery.

He conceded there was no proof, but said it was the best new lead for a case that had intrigued Australians for decades. “It’s easy for some to dismiss, but there are corroborating stories confirming that there was a UFO near Adelaide at the time,” Mr Simpson said.

In Valentich’s last contact with air traffic control he reported on a hovering object in front of him that was not an aircraft. Right after this his transmission was abruptly ended. But, there is far more to the Valentich mystery than people know. Check out The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich where we learn that Valentich, a 20-year-old private pilot, had a preoccupation with UFOs, he lied to everyone about why he was going to King Island, he did not call in advance to the King Island airstrip to have the runway lights turned on, and he had a record of toying with the regulations, getting himself into trouble three times before.

This particular story assumes WAY too much and leaves out a huge amount of detail unnecessarily leading people to believe that Valentich’s encounter with a UFO led to his disappearance. This is all speculation and sensationalism which looks to be fueled by UFO enthusiasts. Not news, not credible, not reliable information.

Neither Fred Valentich’s body nor the airplane he was flying has been found.

  12 comments for “Valentich mystery mongering fueled by UFO group

  1. @GeekPharm
    August 10, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    ” the nation’s leading UFO investigators”

    Its bad enough when paranormal enthusiasts give themselves titles like this. It really annoys me when news reports actually use these self-proclaimed titles, because it bestows a false air of expertise to these people.

    • Headless Unicorn Guy
      August 10, 2014 at 9:51 PM

      This anything like that square-faced “eyebrow boy” Discovery/History/NatGeo always trots out as “leading UFO investigator” or “UFOlogy Expert”? Bud of mine hoaxed that guy in Tucson many years ago (wasn’t hard — blurry photo and lotsa conspiracy talk) and described him when the cameras stopped rolling as “and the crazy comes on”.

  2. David H
    August 10, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    “The Victorian UFO ­Action group wants help to identify a farmer near Adelaide who reportedly ­witnessed the 30m craft hovering over his property the morning after Mr Valentich went missing. . . .The farmer even scratched the plane’s registration number on to his tractor but never came forward with the information because he was ridiculed by the few friends he told.”

    Any bets on the farmer being as fictitious as the UFO?

  3. Bill T.
    August 10, 2014 at 2:31 PM
  4. Headless Unicorn Guy
    August 10, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Check out The Disappearance of Frederick Valentich where we learn that Valentich, a 20-year-old private pilot, had a preoccupation with UFOs, he lied to everyone about why he was going to King Island, he did not call in advance to the King Island airstrip to have the runway lights turned on, and he had a record of toying with the regulations, getting himself into trouble three times before.

    As in implying the possibility that Valentich might have staged the mystery and UFOs to cover his suicide? Or that he was staging a UFO encounter/abduction and was killed by unrelated causes in the midst of his staging?

    • Graham
      August 10, 2014 at 10:06 PM

      If the skeptoid article’s speculation is regarded as plausable, then it would be “killed by unrelated causes in the midst of his staging”, with the cause being loss of control while faking a UFO enounter.

      The most responsible UFO believer report I’ve seen actually comes to the conclustion that Valentich lost control of his aircraft and crashed, but that he did so while fleeing an alien spacecraft.

      Either way the best place to look for him is at the bottom of Bass Strait.

      • Bill T.
        August 11, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        What report did you read that concluded that he “… crashed, … while fleeing an alien spacecraft”?

  5. Rich
    August 11, 2014 at 7:28 AM

    Am I missing it by skim reading – where has the lead to this farmer suddenly come from? Not the farmer himself because they don’t know if he’s still alive (“still,” assuming that he ever existed), so where? One of those ‘few friends’? One of the UFOlogists? If he ‘reportedly’ saw it, who reported it? When? Why now? Do we have the scratched tractor?

    So much waffly bollocks.

    The soundest part of the whole story is “he conceded that there was no proof.”

  6. David
    August 13, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Hey guys, give us a break! Roswell took years to get off the ground.

    Us Aussies are just getting the momentum started again and I’ve no doubt that right at this very moment, we’re working on some much more convincing and compelling evidence. These things just need the requisite amount of time before they can be reccovered from otherwise flawed memory.

    • Bill T.
      August 13, 2014 at 9:57 AM

      Mate, you have years of hard work to get up to to our level of delusional paranoia, best of luck to you though, it’s good to have goals.

  7. Pavlo
    September 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Look, I’m open minded about the case, but the ‘farmer story’ in the Herald Sun et al is so insubstantial as to be essentially meaningless. They say ‘there is evidence suggesting the 20-year-old’s Cessna was spotted in the sky over South Australia — attached to a UFO’ – but where is the evidence? I’m waiting.

  8. Asha Bays
    October 3, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    This may be of somewhat disputed, but from the skeptic/rational point of view regarding this case, it seems to be partially substantiated that Valentich DID crash into the Bass Strait, based on two pieces of evidence:

    A pilot searching in the right place at the right time saw what he believed to be wreckage of a Cessna on the ocean surface, but before he could get a good fix on the location of said wreckage, it sank beneath the waves.

    Five years after Valentich disappeared, aircraft parts with partial serial numbers, which Valentich’s plane fit into, were discovered, allegedly, in the Bass Strait, or possibly washed up on shore. Unfortunately, that seems to be somewhat in dispute.

    Sources: http://badufos.blogspot.com/2012/10/new-developments-in-frederick-valentich.html and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disappearance_of_Frederick_Valentich

    I know this is kind of late to the table, but I thought I’d toss it out there, you know, just for the record. I haven’t done much digging into this case, but what little I’ve done has always brought me to these same two claims.

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