In the early 1950s, the Australian Government seconded the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) to investigate all ‘Unusual Aerial Sightings’. By law, the investigation documents were to be strictly withheld from the public gaze for a minimum of thirty years.
Recently, the National Archives of Australia declassified dozens of the RAAF’s UFO files spanning from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
UFO Over Australia presents a selection of the most intriguing documents, including original letters from eyewitnesses and investigation reports. Set out in date order, they provide a unique narrative of the unfolding UFO phenomena in Australia.
The most detailed investigation documents relate to two major UFO incidents: the so-called Bendigo Lights and the curious case of 20-year-old pilot, Frederick Valentich, who radioed that he was being buzzed by a UFO, then disappeared somewhere over Bass Strait.
Newspaper articles from 1909 to the 1950s set the scene and reveal how none of the ‘unusual aerial sightings’ prior to the Second World War were put down to alien lifeforms. Post War, however, media stories concerning sightings of ‘flying saucers‘ pointed towards an extraterrestrial origin - or as one journalist fantasized, ‘projectiles from another world, piloted by ant-men or bee-men of intelligence far superior to any on Earth.’
Brimming with eye-witness accounts, UFO Over Australia provides a unique insight into Australia’s growing infatuation with UFOs and the often heated debates that raged over their origin. The abiding question is whether or not the multitude of UFO sightings over Australia are due to an extraterrestrial visitation. You be the judge.