Last updated on April 1, 2024

All Reported UFO Sightings in Alaska

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Alaska.

How many UFO sightings have there been in Alaska?

  • There have been 629 officially reported UFO sightings in Alaska from 1969 to 2023.
  • Alaska ranks #44 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in the USA.
  • Adjusted for population size, Alaska ranks #3 on the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings, with an average of 1.73 reports per 100,000 residents.

Alaska Cities with the most UFO Sightings

Rank City Reported Sightings
1 Anchorage, AK 154 UFO Reports
2 Fairbanks, AK 82 UFO Reports
3 Wasilla, AK 46 UFO Reports
4 North Pole, AK 24 UFO Reports
5 Palmer, AK 24 UFO Reports

Alaska UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 629 UFO sighting reports in Alaska to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

20 Most Recent UFO Sightings in Alaska

These Alaska UFO reports are presented as they were submitted other than paragraph breaks added for easier readability where necessary. You can click the 'Report' link to view the original report along with any photos that may have been submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC).

Haines, AK

Full Report Text:

I stopped on the trail at a good photo clearing of the mountains. Six photos within 60 seconds. One photo showed anamoly when reviewed.

One picture shows anomaly. 59.54119 Degrees North, 136.

12595 Degrees W- location photo taken. Another picture taken within same sixty seconds its gone. I was on vacation.

I took an ATV out the trail to sightsee, go gold panning and follow the river upsteam. Picures taken on Apple iphone14 Pro Max.

07/07/23 1:58 PM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: Less than a minute

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Anchorage, AK

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A green blue triangle hovered near my home by my truck for 25-30 seconds. Didn't make a sound but felt something inside my bones. I don't know how to say this but I felt something inside me and saw things.

Went to my window and a green blueish triangle was above my truck maybe a 100 feet. Right above the trees. Left less than a minute after.

But still have what I think they were trying to tell me.

06/12/23 1:02 AM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 30 seconds

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Wasilla, AK

Full Report Text:

Very Bright large cigar shaped object appeared in NW airspace hovered about 45 seconds then disappeared. Large Cigar shaped bright white light object appears in the NW airspace above Wasilla, AK hovering in place for 45 seconds then disappears. Object was visible from wonderland city park facing nw.

Video was captured on cellphone camera a couple seconds after it appeared.

06/09/23 6:43 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 45 seconds

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Fairbanks, AK

Full Report Text:

Unknown Space Craft from High in the Sky I was headed to the store then I was driving on 28th Avenue about 2 streets over from my house then I seen a bunch of birds acting strangely. So I looked up there was 2-alumunus colored square shaped flying objects with a very strange sound but not loud. Then I taken a video footage of the 3 UFOs and went back to record some more then they were gone in nanoseconds.

I went home to upload on my computer then screen shotted a couple of the objects seemed to look like they changed into disk shaped objects. I called and made a report to the Fairbanks Police Department.

06/05/23 1:48 PM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 1 Minute

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Noatak, AK

Full Report Text:

Object flying over my hometown. Red light turning on and off. Made a high pitch sound Around 10:30 pm.

I was walking home from a home store. Walked down the hill to my neighborhood. Noticed a red light blinking over the neighbors house.

It was a bright red object. I heard a high pitch sound coming from the object. I recorded the object but it was only 8 seconds long.

I was paranoid so I speed walked home. It felt so uncomfortable walking home. It was going in circles but was going towards up north.

02/11/23 10:30 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 10 minutes or longer

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Prudhoe Bay, AK

Full Report Text:

Flightradar24 track of USAF AFRDQ5827 Watched this live but found the USAF aircraft track had been recorded. A UFO had been shot down by a USAF fighter minutes before this aircraft arrived. I think they may have been looking for pieces of the UFO.

My question is can this USAF AFRQ5827 track show that it can fly like a UFO without stalling in flight and crashing ?.

02/10/23 3:15 PM

UFO Shape: other

Lasted: about 20 minutes

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Pleasant Valley, AK

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I was driving home when I looked up at a large bright disk like object and after a few moments it flew down and away. It was 6:39 pm I was driving along Chena Hotsprings road around 22 mile. I had just skipped a song in my playlist when I looked up and saw what I believe to be an extraterrestrial U.

F.O of some kind. It was a sort of circular disk type of object, I slowed down to get a better look when it flew away at an incredible speed making a sort of V shape.

I don't know of any aircraft capable of such a maneuver. I immediately opened my phone to tell my boyfriend what I had seen when I noticed the time read 6:48. I had lost nine minutes but I hadn't moved more than 600 feet from when I first looked into the sky.

01/11/23 6:39 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 17 seconds

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Palmer, AK

Full Report Text:

See above.

12/21/22 5:47 AM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 3 sec

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

Bright light with neon blue tail White light with neon blue long tail lit up bright white on ground.

12/21/22 5:40 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 5 sec

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

Two Light with Green Glow On Dec 19TH, 0742 in the morning, I was taking several pictures of the moon pictured to the left in the photos. The moon was very vibrant and the sky was clear. The whitish/ yellow lights, along with the green circular shape in the sky where not visible to the naked eye while taking photos.

The items discussed where not seen until the photos where observed days later. The pictures where taken with my Samsung cell phone. Under the details on the photo: where F2.

2, 1/3 s, 1.88mm, ISO 640.

12/19/22 7:42 AM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: Very brief

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Fairbanks, AK

Full Report Text:

Saw a satellite then saw a light pacing behind it. I saw a strange moving “satellite” It stopped and changed direction. I talked to some people about it.

Then tried to get a 2nd pair of eyes on it. Called my sister & she went out. We saw some shooting stars too.

Then we saw the “satellite” followed by another light. I attempted to get a pic. Success!.

09/18/22 11:48 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: Approx 10-12 seconds?

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

Approximately 3 objects observed, along with passenger jet in Anchorage August 17th 2022 at 1736, I took an 8 second 4K video of clouds with my Samsung cell phone. 30 frames per second is what the video captured the objects at. From my location 10 miles north of Anchorage looking south towards Anchorage, AK.

I caught what appears to be some sort of objects in the sky moving in an easterly course below the altitude of the passenger jet. The passenger jet was on its approach to Ted Stevens Airport at around 10 thousand feet. The photos show that two of objects shadows are casted onto the cloud.

My email wont allow me to send the video do to the size.

08/17/22 5:36 PM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: very brief

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

We was looking out our window taking picture of the clouds because of the colors. Then this huge ufo appeared, You can see a wormhole Was talking pictures of the clouds because of the color’s. Zoom in you can see two ufos I circled … right after i took those pictures this huge ufo appears,my husband said Take pictures.

so we captured two more pictures of this huge ufo in anchorage Alaska during the day , near the airport. We have the date to if you need it get a hold of us . Thank you Susan and Travis Reft .

We have seen more than this in Alaskas skies and have decided to share theses pictures now . You can see in the picture of the huge ufo ther is a worrmhole shadow circle that opens up that’s where it dispersed into and how it appears you can also see what appears to be exhaust coming from the ufo also . It was shinny on the top like a reflection of the sun was giving it power or camouflage appearance.

07/20/22 4:50 PM

UFO Shape: cylinder

Lasted: It’s save in my computer

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Palmer, AK

Full Report Text:

I took the picture and saw it later when I saw a spec of light in the left corner. I was shooting a picture of an eagle, it is in the It appears to be two crafts. The smaller one has 5 lights orbiting around it and the long one looks like two faded lights went straight up above it in the clouds.

This shot was taken out of a sunroof in a Toyota 4runner, while the car was running. It could be a reflection off the steering wheel of the Toyota emblem and the door handle, but I thought I should send it in for your review.

07/09/22 5:10 PM

UFO Shape:

Lasted: Caught on camera

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Mat-Su Valley Area, AK

Full Report Text:

Falling Thing Over Mat-Su Valley Area A white ball fell across the sky over Lazy Mountain around 7:45am. The trail it left lasted for a while. Photos started popping up on social media pretty quickly.

In the photos you can clearly see a ball shaped object, BUT the police stated that it was some sort of commercial aircraft. The police public safety report stated: "There have been no reports of overdue aircraft or ELT activations indicating an aircraft crash. A rescue team on a helicopter flew a mission around the Lazy Mountain area this morning and located nothing suspicious and there were no signs of crashed aircraft.

Further investigation revealed that a large commercial jet was flying in that area around the time that the photos and video were taken. The aircraft was contacted and reported normal flight operations on its way to JFK airport in New York. Troopers believe that the photos and videos showed a contrail from the commercial jet combined with the rising sun which together caused the unique atmospheric sight.

" https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/mat-su/2022/04/07/a-unique-atmospheric-sight-that-streaked-across-the-sky-over-palmer-draws-speculation-and-a-simple-explanation https://dailydispatch.

dps.alaska.gov/Home/DisplayAdvisory?id=53838 https://www.

alaskasnewssource.com/video/2022/04/08/unique-sights-light-up-alaska-sky/ NOTE: I'm reporting this because it's big news up here. I did not see it in person.

I currently run a big Alaska UFO group on facebook and this is the big thing right now. I just wanted to make sure you guys got a report with pictures and links. Looking at the photos (as the former MUFON State Director), it doesn't appear to be a commercial aircraft.

It looks like a meteor or possibly space junk falling to Earth. I also want to note that earlier the same morning Poker Flat Research Range & NASA launched two rockets in an effort to study the aurora borealis. I did talk to them that day and they initially thought it might be something from their second rocket.

Contact me if you need to.

04/07/22 7:45 AM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: 30 minutes or so

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Fairbanks, AK

Full Report Text:

Circle lights,move fast.from center to northeast When I saw,it is on the center of sky,big than moon .then move to NE then Disappear.

so it is from SE. From center sky to disappear about 5mins.

03/28/22 4:49 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 5mins

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Kasilof, AK

Full Report Text:

Saw it out of my cabin window before bed. Was a bright circular shape hovering in the air. Got larger, then smaller, and disappeared.

It was a little bit before 10:30pm and I was getting ready for bed. I walked to my window and immediately saw a very bright light hovering in the air far away. I knew right away that it was not a star or a plane.

I grabbed my phone and opened my door and started recording. It was clearly spinning over one spot. It had several colors it would flash and then seemed to get larger, then really small before it just disappeared.

After looking at a map I realized it was very close to or over Cooks inlet. Have never seen anything like that in my life. It was also a very clear night and you could very easily see stars and this was no star or plane.

03/20/22 10:26 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: Less then 5min

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Eagle River, AK

Full Report Text:

Bright light or lights that brightened, hovered, flashed, moved downward and disappeared, but were replaced by a new light. My son called me to our window which overlooks the larger city near where we live. He told me that he saw a UFO.

I was skeptical and went over to acknowledge, but reassure him and what I saw out our window was brighter and more pronounced than what my video captured. This is my first time to report any sighting. We usually see lights from the city outside our window, but this was different, enough for me to stop and figure out how to report this.

The bright light flashed at times and seemed to move at other times. I noticed other strong lights that appeared, came nearby and eventually replaced the prominent light after it lowered and was no longer visible. Some of the lights appeared and disappeared, then reappeared.

They all moved toward the same general space when they disappeared. I don’t remember exactly how many I saw altogether. My mother saw the light briefly just after I did with my son.

I work as a mental health therapist. I have two master’s degrees which pertain to my work. I have always been a skeptic about UFO encounters until the past few years, when I have learned more, and am still selective on what I pay attention to online and in the media.

I am reporting this because this was unusual and something I haven’t seen before here. I have additional video, but it was too long. I can submit it later if it would help.

03/11/22 8:18 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 7 minutes 18 seconds +

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Anchorage, AK

Full Report Text:

I was recording traffic with my android phone and later found the object when viewing recording. I was in my car, recording traffic through my window (window was closed) using my android phone camera. I was facing the Chugach mountains.

I did not notice any lights or planes while I was recording. Later, when viewing recording, I saw these lights behind the electrical lines. It does not move much for a minute and five seconds.

I do not have info after I stopped recording. I edited the video to only show the lights and lines.

01/05/22 1:23 PM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 1:05 minute five

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North Pole, AK

Full Report Text:

Driving into work on Badger Road from my peripheral vison on the left in the sky This was an unusual sighting because all military flying has been cancelled today and tomorrow for ice and the airspace is not even open for military aircraft until 0800 in the morning. I work in a flying squadron and I am familiar with the airspace time and what's going with the airspace for the week. This green orb made a swooping motion like a diving bird, not a jet and maneuvered back up and disappeared.

F-35's are stealth craft and not flying, the F-16's are not flying here either, the KC-135 cannot maneuver that quickly and it was at a distance I would not be able to see a helicopter from the Army base. I have been in the aviation world for 15 years and I have never seen anything like I saw this morning.

01/05/22 7:30 AM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 10 Seconds

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Alaska UFO Sightings By Shape

This is a standardized set of shapes a UFO report can be filed under.

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Light 147 reported sightings 23.37% of all reports
Circle 75 reported sightings 11.92% of all reports
Disk 46 reported sightings 7.31% of all reports
Triangle 45 reported sightings 7.15% of all reports
Sphere 42 reported sightings 6.68% of all reports
Unknown 39 reported sightings 6.20% of all reports
Oval 37 reported sightings 5.88% of all reports
Other 35 reported sightings 5.56% of all reports
Fireball 34 reported sightings 5.41% of all reports
Flash 21 reported sightings 3.34% of all reports
Formation 16 reported sightings 2.54% of all reports
Cigar 14 reported sightings 2.23% of all reports
Changing 14 reported sightings 2.23% of all reports
Rectangle 13 reported sightings 2.07% of all reports
Cylinder 11 reported sightings 1.75% of all reports
Diamond 9 reported sightings 1.43% of all reports
Cone 2 reported sightings 0.32% of all reports
Egg 2 reported sightings 0.32% of all reports
Chevron 2 reported sightings 0.32% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings By Month

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the month the sighting occured in.

Month Sightings % Of Total
March 81 reported sightings 12.88% of all reports
December 78 reported sightings 12.40% of all reports
January 69 reported sightings 10.97% of all reports
October 61 reported sightings 9.70% of all reports
November 57 reported sightings 9.06% of all reports
September 55 reported sightings 8.74% of all reports
August 51 reported sightings 8.11% of all reports
February 46 reported sightings 7.31% of all reports
April 34 reported sightings 5.41% of all reports
June 33 reported sightings 5.25% of all reports
May 26 reported sightings 4.13% of all reports
July 20 reported sightings 3.18% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings By Weekday

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the day of the week the sighting occured on.

Weekday Sightings % Of Total
Friday 112 reported sightings 17.81% of all reports
Saturday 108 reported sightings 17.17% of all reports
Tuesday 85 reported sightings 13.51% of all reports
Sunday 84 reported sightings 13.35% of all reports
Wednesday 78 reported sightings 12.40% of all reports
Thursday 75 reported sightings 11.92% of all reports
Monday 69 reported sightings 10.97% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings By Date (Top 5)

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the date the sighting occured on, limited to the top 5 dates with the most sightings.

Date Sightings % Of Total
12/23/13 4 reported sightings 0.64% of all reports
12/31/13 3 reported sightings 0.48% of all reports
01/13/05 3 reported sightings 0.48% of all reports
01/01/10 3 reported sightings 0.48% of all reports
03/28/14 3 reported sightings 0.48% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings By Time

This data point is an aggregation of all UFO reports by the time of day the sighting occured during. We took logical 4 hour windows in order to split the day into early morning, morning, afternoon, evening, night, and late night buckets for this analysis.

Time Of Day Hours Sightings % Of Total
Night 20:00 - 23:59 241 reported sightings 38.31% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 132 reported sightings 20.99% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 94 reported sightings 14.94% of all reports
Morning 08:00 - 11:59 53 reported sightings 8.43% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 48 reported sightings 7.63% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 43 reported sightings 6.84% of all reports

Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Alaska

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per year in Alaska.

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2023 7 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 23 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 20 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 26 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 21 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 43 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 40 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 43 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 53 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 48 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 16 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 17 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 15 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 8 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 20 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 11 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 18 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 14 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 9 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1993
1990 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1980
1978 3 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 5 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 1 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1972
1969 4 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 1969

Cities with Reported UFO Sightings in Alaska

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports are filed per city in Alaska

City Number of Reports View Reports
Anchorage 154 UFO Reports Anchorage, Alaska UFO Sightings
Fairbanks 82 UFO Reports Fairbanks, Alaska UFO Sightings
Wasilla 46 UFO Reports Wasilla, Alaska UFO Sightings
North Pole 24 UFO Reports North Pole, Alaska UFO Sightings
Palmer 24 UFO Reports Palmer, Alaska UFO Sightings
Eagle River 20 UFO Reports Eagle River, Alaska UFO Sightings
Juneau 18 UFO Reports Juneau, Alaska UFO Sightings
Ketchikan 12 UFO Reports Ketchikan, Alaska UFO Sightings
Kenai 11 UFO Reports Kenai, Alaska UFO Sightings
Homer 11 UFO Reports Homer, Alaska UFO Sightings
Bethel 11 UFO Reports Bethel, Alaska UFO Sightings
Seward 9 UFO Reports Seward, Alaska UFO Sightings
Soldotna 9 UFO Reports Soldotna, Alaska UFO Sightings
Chugiak 7 UFO Reports Chugiak, Alaska UFO Sightings
Willow 6 UFO Reports Willow, Alaska UFO Sightings
Kodiak 6 UFO Reports Kodiak, Alaska UFO Sightings
Nikiski 5 UFO Reports Nikiski, Alaska UFO Sightings
Sitka 4 UFO Reports Sitka, Alaska UFO Sightings
Delta Junction 4 UFO Reports Delta Junction, Alaska UFO Sightings
Nenana 4 UFO Reports Nenana, Alaska UFO Sightings
Valdez 4 UFO Reports Valdez, Alaska UFO Sightings
Ninilchik 4 UFO Reports Ninilchik, Alaska UFO Sightings
Big Lake 4 UFO Reports Big Lake, Alaska UFO Sightings
Kasilof 3 UFO Reports Kasilof, Alaska UFO Sightings
Anchor Point 3 UFO Reports Anchor Point, Alaska UFO Sightings
Wrangell 3 UFO Reports Wrangell, Alaska UFO Sightings
Glennallen 3 UFO Reports Glennallen, Alaska UFO Sightings
Cordova 3 UFO Reports Cordova, Alaska UFO Sightings
Savoonga 3 UFO Reports Savoonga, Alaska UFO Sightings
Alaska 3 UFO Reports Alaska, Alaska UFO Sightings
Elmendorf AFB 2 UFO Reports Elmendorf AFB, Alaska UFO Sightings
Haines 2 UFO Reports Haines, Alaska UFO Sightings
Teller 2 UFO Reports Teller, Alaska UFO Sightings
Butte 2 UFO Reports Butte, Alaska UFO Sightings
Metlakatla 2 UFO Reports Metlakatla, Alaska UFO Sightings
Knik 2 UFO Reports Knik, Alaska UFO Sightings
Fort Greely 2 UFO Reports Fort Greely, Alaska UFO Sightings
Prince William Sound 2 UFO Reports Prince William Sound, Alaska UFO Sightings
Fort Richardson 2 UFO Reports Fort Richardson, Alaska UFO Sightings
Sterling 2 UFO Reports Sterling, Alaska UFO Sightings
Turnagain Pass 2 UFO Reports Turnagain Pass, Alaska UFO Sightings
Fort Yukon 2 UFO Reports Fort Yukon, Alaska UFO Sightings
Susitna Lodge 2 UFO Reports Susitna Lodge, Alaska UFO Sightings
Auke Bay 2 UFO Reports Auke Bay, Alaska UFO Sightings
Sutton 2 UFO Reports Sutton, Alaska UFO Sightings
Saint George Island 2 UFO Reports Saint George Island, Alaska UFO Sightings
Kotzebue 2 UFO Reports Kotzebue, Alaska UFO Sightings
Talkeetna 2 UFO Reports Talkeetna, Alaska UFO Sightings
Adak 2 UFO Reports Adak, Alaska UFO Sightings
Kuparuk Oilfield 2 UFO Reports Kuparuk Oilfield, Alaska UFO Sightings