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Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2012 13:09:15 -0300
Archived: Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:15:27 -0400
Subject: Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File

>From: Michael Tarbell <mtarbell.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2012 09:15:57 -0600
>Subject: Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File

>>From: Giuliano Marinkovic<giuliano.marinkovic.nul>
>>Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 00:06:48 +0200
>>Subject: Re: Oz National Archives Release Valentich File


>>Source: AdelaideNow


>>July 06, 2012

>>'Truth' Was Out There After All

>>An accidental discovery sheds new light on the mysterious
>>disappearance of a pilot in 1978, writes Miles Kemp.


>Contrary to the article's suggestion, I do not consider it at
>all well established that the piece of engine cowling found on
>the beach at Flinders Island actually came from Valentich's
>aircraft, although it did come from a Cessna of similar vintage.

>Specifically, the cowling piece was identified to have come from
>within a particular interval of serial numbers which included
>Valentich's aircraft. But in fact, this serial number bracket
>includes a total of _7,826_aircraft_. Moreover, the cowling
>piece was found within 500 meters of the runway at the Flinders
>Island airport, which seems like a rather remarkable
>coincidence, even if (as investigators did establish) ocean
>currents could in principle have transported the cowling piece
>from the Bass Strait area to the shore of Flinders Island.

>As such, I cannot agree at this point with the article's
>contention that this piece of debris has unveiled any particular
>'Truth' about the case, nor that it rules out or in any
>particular explanation (e.g., the planned disappearance
>hypothesis). As yet I've been unable to make contact with anyone
>who may have insight into the volume of Cessna traffic at
>Flinders Island in the relevant era.

I have to agree, Mike. Not sure what the "Truth Was Out
There After All" title was supposed to mean; unless it refers to
there actually being a file on the Valentich case. As we now
know this is in fact true. The paper went to a bit of trouble to
get a picture that made Keith look a little 'wild'; his face
bottom lit by the reflection off the pages of the book.

I now know that the plane Valentich was flying was not a 1958-59
Cessna 182; that was an incorrect assumption on my part from
seeing the picture in Richard Haine's book the Melbourne Episode
as similar to what Valentich was flying that night.

One caveat re the piece of cowl. It might have been on an
airplane other than its original platform due to the original
being damaged and replaced by an older or newer model with the
same firewall and engine configuration. In this case a
Continental 0-470 engine (225-230 hp) swinging a constant speed
prop. Some of the newer cowls were made of fiberglass with thin,
hard-foam cores which could enable them to float.

Sounds like the piece found was aluminum. Not sure how it would
have made it ashore if Valentich's plane crashed or broke up
nearly a couple of hundred miles to the west.

Don Ledger

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