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On this day …….. 21st of October 1978

The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. No trace of Valentich or his Cessna has been found, and his description of a large, unusual object has earned his vanishing a place in UFO lore. A Department of Transport aircraft accident investigation concluded the reason for the disappearance could not be determined. His last words were “My intentions are to go to King Island… That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft. Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne”.

 

On This Day – January 11, 1936

To assist with shipping in Bass Strait the Commonwealth Government has decided to install a marine wireless beacon at the lighthouse at Cape Otway. The beacon will incorporate a wireless fog signal. Tenders for the equipment were invited today, and will close on January 11.

On This Day – December 29, 1874

Cape Otway

Dexter, ship, from Gefle, for Melbourne, wished to be reported.

On this day …….. 21st of October 1978

The Valentich Disappearance occurred on the 21st of October 1978, when 20-year-old Frederick Valentich disappeared while piloting a small Cessna 182 aircraft over Bass Strait to King Island (Tasmania) after reporting a strange craft flying nearby. The disappearance generated significant press attention, both throughout Australia and internationally. No trace of Valentich or his Cessna has been found, and his description of a large, unusual object has earned his vanishing a place in UFO lore. A Department of Transport aircraft accident investigation concluded the reason for the disappearance could not be determined. His last words were “My intentions are to go to King Island… That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft. Delta Sierra Juliet, Melbourne”.