- December 1998
Valentich - 20 Years On
It was just 20 years ago, on the 21st of October, that a young
pilot fired the engine of his Cessna 182L aircraft to fly to
King Island. His name was Frederick Valentich. Little did he
know that after reporting to Steve Robey on the Flight Service
radio, he would fly into the History books as being one of twenty
known cases of Pilot Encounters with Unknowns, which ended in
Steve Robey; the last person to speak to Frederick, unveiled
a plaque to his memory, at a private ceremony near the lighthouse
at Cape Otway.
Thousands of tourists will be able to view this memorial,
which will remain a constant reminder that UNIDENTIFIED FLYING
OBJECTS ARE SERIOUS BUSINESS.
Transcript of the Frederick Valentich plaque unveiling at
Cape Otway Lighthouse on the 21st of October, 1998 by S. Robey;
G. Valentich and other family members and friends.
Unveiled by Steve Robey.
Guido and Alberta - Thanks for the invitation to Cape Otway.
I am happy to be present at this gathering in memory of Frederick
who, as we know, disappeared 20 years ago to the South of here.
We all wish that we had the answers to Frederick's disappearance,
but we do not, unfortunately.
20 years is a long time to endure the pain of not knowing. I
can understand, as I have a son who is 28, and I would hate for
him to go missing under such circumstances.
It is hard enough to lose a son and not know his fate, but to
have your son disappear in such a mysterious way, in circumstances
which involve an unrelenting media for one thing; a media inters
which has not lessened over the years, has been extremely difficult
for you. I can say that because I have seen it over the long
We've all felt for you in your long search for the answers!
Guido, I am sorry that we did not meet until after Frederick's
disappearance. I think we should have done. I think it would
have been better, I think, soon after Fred's disappearance, because
after meeting you and Alberta and the strong, stable influence
that Fred grew up in, my view is that he disappeared as a direct
result of encountering something that cannot be explained even
after 20 years.
The plaque you have placed here in his memory, reminds us there
are many mysteries in life that cannot be explained and may never
be answered and must be accepted for what they are.
So, in memory of Frederick, from you, Guido, Alberta and Family,
I am happy to unveil this plaque today.
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