Last updated on June 1, 2024

Alaska UFO Sightings in 1976

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Alaska during 1976.

How many Alaska UFO sightings were there in 1976?

  • There were 5 officially reported UFO sightings in Alaska in 1976.
  • In 1976, Alaska ranked #25 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Alaska ranks #1 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1976, with an average of 1.66 reports per 100,000 residents.

Alaska Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1976

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Fort Yukon, AK 2 UFO Reports
2 Soldotna, AK 1 UFO Reports
3 Fairbanks, AK 1 UFO Reports

Alaska UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 5 UFO sighting reports in Alaska from 1976 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Alaska UFO Sighting Reports in 1976

This is a sampling of 20 Alaska UFO reports from 1976, 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).

Soldotna, AK

Full Report Text:

Strange Site and Time Red Orb Encounter Well,this is true,no lies. It happened that october of 1976,my friend ((name deleted)) picked me up,I think it was the weekend.We jumped in my truck and drove into town to get a 6 pack, then to a little lake just out of town, it's called art lake.

There was a little side trail of to the right, we drove to the end of it. It was mostly clear, not to cold with just a little snow trying to fall. A great alaskan night.

We were making small talk looking out into the night sky when I noticed the red dot moving accross the sky high up, traveling in a south easterly direction. I pointed it out to randy because the dot seemed to move pretty fast for a high flying Jet. As we watched we noticed it getting bigger.

We did not see any other lights. It got bigger,I told ((name deleted)) it must be a plain getting ready to land at the local small air strip and wondered why his landing lights where not on.The last thing ((name deleted)) said was that the air port was of to side of us and not in front of us.

And yes I could clearly see what he was talking about, this red ball was now getting huge, coming directly at us, just above the trees.I dont recall him or I saying anything at that time, just looking out the windshield. It stoped above the trees in front of us, it was awesome, at least 25 or 30 feet accross,it felt strange sitting in the cab of the truck looking out at this big red Ball,I could see like a liquid moving from the right to the left on it's surface wich gave me the sence that it was round.

Every thing in front of us was in a red glow but not bright.I remember saying;what the hell is this, randy was silent.I dont know how long we looked at it, then suddenly there was this very loud metalic crashing sound, but not like a car crash, a lot shorter, but load.

The red orb was gone. I know we both jumped.The truck was cold, I jumped out of the truck thinking a tree had fallen on it,but there was nothing.

It mast have been snowing because we had 6 or 7 inches of snow, and not a track or sign of what might have made that awfull sound.((name deleted)) started the truck and we got the hell out of there. We tried to figure out what we just seen, but of course didnt come up with anything other then some ufo or something.

Getting back to town we noticed it was late way late going on 2 am I finished my beer, ((name deleted)) drove back to my place,then he went home. We talked about on and off for a while, then he started to clam up about it,then refused to discuss it any further. I will never forget that night.

I checked the truck the next day the frame and Body was not damaged, I dont know where that load noise came from. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. Source elects to remain totally anonymous.

PD)).

10/20/76 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: sphere

Lasted: 2 hrs.

Report

Fairbanks, AK

Full Report Text:

I have video of surgery in my left shoulder that was found by my Doctor. My experience began when I was a child, it was like a dream but I have the scars and my shoulder. I had two experiences and both I had somebody else with me, so I was not dreaming.

I was in the wood by myself so many times and nothing happen, I will better explain it by speaking with you. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

09/15/76 4:00 AM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: 10 minutes

Report

Fort Yukon, AK

Full Report Text:

a small airport outside ft yukon remote radar site ( norad ) white oval shape object blasing thru the sky with a blueish green color around the ship note: for peter davenport. pls contact ((name deleted)) ((NUFORC Note: Please see other reports for same incident. We will invite the witness to submit more information about the event.

PD)).

02/13/76 1:30 PM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 2 minutes

Report

Fort Yukon, AK

Full Report Text:

TOOK PICTURE OF FLYING CRAFT AS IT PASSED OVER HEAD, 5 MILES OUTSIDE OF A REMOTE NORAD RADAR SITE FT YUKON, ALASKA HAVE HAD PICTURE ENLARGED: 2 OTHER CRAFT APPEAR AFTER ENLARGEMENT WOULD LIKE TO BE CONTACTED: ((NUFORC Note: We have spoken with the witness, and requested that he send the photograph, and invite some of the other witnesses to submit additional reports. PD)).

02/03/76 1:00 PM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 2 MINUTES

Report

, AK

Full Report Text:

Large white light traversing tundra that approached myself and friend. While working as a truck driver on the Trans Alaskan Pipeline construction north of the Prospect Creek construction camp my assistant and I were on break reading by the interior light of our truck. We were about one half mile from a group of about forty workers putting support members in the ground for the pipeline.

My partner pointed out a bright light on a mountain directly across from us about 40 miles away. As we watched the light it appeared to "step" down in four moves to the bottom of the mountain. It then came towards us accross the treeless tundra (light got larger than the moon which was visible), stopped, and went back to just a bit to the right of the original mountain site.

The light did this three more times (about three seconds each trip) as if searching the tundra. As the light came closer the last time, I turned on the spotlight and directed it towards the light. It approached us coming to about a quarter mile away and slowly came closer.

The light was then about three times the size of the moon. As it was getting closer we got scared, shut off the spotlight and sped off down the haul road. We could see the light at its present size accompanying us on our left side the two miles to the construction camp.

We slid in to the warm-up shack and ran inside where there were about ten men on break. We all went outside to see what it was but it was gone. The next morning at breakfast it was found that many people had seen this "light" and truckers coming up the haul road could see a large red light on the back of the craft.

No description of the body of this craft was given because of the darkness. I was transferred to another camp a couple of days later but was told that many people were interviewed by Air Force representatives from Eilson AFB in Fairbanks. I have always wondered if this event was recorded anywhere as it made a firm believer out of me.

01/11/76 11:00 PM

UFO Shape:

Lasted: 10 minutes

Report

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1976 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Oval 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Sphere 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Triangle 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1976 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
February 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
January 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
October 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
September 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1976 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
Wednesday 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Sunday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Friday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1976 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
01/11/76 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
02/13/76 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
02/03/76 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
10/20/76 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
09/15/76 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Alaska UFO Sightings From 1976 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 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

All Alaska Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1976

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Alaska, in 1976

City Number of Reports View Reports
Fort Yukon 2 UFO Reports Fort Yukon UFO Sightings in 1976
Soldotna 1 UFO Reports Soldotna UFO Sightings in 1976
Fairbanks 1 UFO Reports Fairbanks UFO Sightings in 1976

Other 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
2024 2 UFO Reports Alaska UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 11 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