| Valentich: Is there any known
traffic below five thousand [feet]?
Robey: No known traffic.
V: I am—seem [to] be a large
aircraft below five thousand.
R: What type of aircraft is it?
V: I cannot affirm. It is [sic]
four bright; it seems to me like landing lights. . . . The
aircraft has just passed over me at least a thousand feet above.
R: Roger, and it, it is a large
V: Er, unknown due to the speed
it’s travelling. Is there any Air Force aircraft in the vicinity?
R: No known aircraft in the
V: It’s approaching right now
from due east towards me. . . . [Silence for 2 seconds.] It
seems to me that he’s playing some sort of game. He’s flying over me two, three
times, at a time at speeds I could not identify.
R: Roger. What is your actual
V: My level is four and a half
thousand. Four five zero zero.
R: And confirm you cannot
identify the aircraft.
R: Roger. Stand by.
V: It’s not an aircraft. It
is—[Silence for 2 seconds.]
R: Can you describe the, er,
V: As it’s flying past, it’s a
long shape. [Silence for 3 seconds.] [Cannot] identify more than [that it has
such speed]. [Silence for 3 seconds.] [It is] before me right now, Melbourne.
R: And how large would the, er,
V: It seems like it’s
stationary.1 What I’m doing right now is
orbiting, and the thing is just orbiting on top of me also. It’s got a green
light and sort of metallic. [Like] it’s all shiny [on] the outside. [Silence
for 5 seconds.] It’s just vanished. . . . Would you know what
kind of aircraft I’ve got? Is it military aircraft?
R: Confirm the, er, aircraft
V: Say again.
R: Is the aircraft still with
V: [It’s, ah, nor-] [Silence for
2 seconds.] [Now] approaching from the southwest. . . . The engine is, is rough
idling. I’ve got it set at twenty three twenty four, and the thing is—coughing.
R: Roger. What are your
V: My intentions are, ah, to go
to King Island. Ah, Melbourne, that strange aircraft is hovering
on top of me again. [Silence for 2 seconds.] It is hovering, and it’s not an
aircraft. [Silence for 17 seconds, open microphone, with audible, unidentified
staccato noise. End of transcript.]