Last updated on June 1, 2024

Alabama UFO Sightings in 1988

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Alabama during 1988.

How many Alabama UFO sightings were there in 1988?

  • There were 3 officially reported UFO sightings in Alabama in 1988.
  • In 1988, Alabama ranked #30 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Alabama ranks #34 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1988, with an average of 0.08 reports per 100,000 residents.

Alabama Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1988

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Huntsville, AL 1 UFO Reports
2 Indian Springs, AL 1 UFO Reports
3 Madison, AL 1 UFO Reports

Alabama UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 3 UFO sighting reports in Alabama from 1988 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Alabama UFO Sighting Reports in 1988

This is a sampling of 20 Alabama UFO reports from 1988, 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).

Madison, AL

Full Report Text:

Long oblong, hovering over ground, bright headlight on each end very close. Riding in dark countryside, nothing for miles. Under the cover of tall grass and fields.

We had to surprise them when my Volkswagen popped up around the corner. It looked as if they were just chilling out in a dark field, hovering over the ground. Long oblong too dark to tell color.

A giant, bright shining headlight on each end. Not shining in our direction, but so bright, it lit everyone's face up in the car. I didn't stop and look, I just kept rolling at a very slow speed, all of our mouths hanging open.

Our vision was blocked for just one second when I rolled past a tiny dilapidated shack. I sped past to be able to see on the other side and it was completely gone. It had vanished in no more than 1 second.

We were back in the dark and my passengers started yelling "let's get out of here!!" We all knew exactly what we had witnessed without having to say a word. I wish I had stopped the car instead of rolling by that shack.

07/01/88 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: chevron

Lasted: 10 seconds

Report

Huntsville, AL

Full Report Text:

Bell or thimble shaped object rises out of Guntersville Lake and follows pair into Huntsville. Late one evening (between 9 and 10 PM) in the winter of 1988 (possibly February), I (a high school student) was sitting on a boat dock at Guntersville Lake with one other person (a high school student) when a large bell or thimble shaped object rose from the water about a quarter of a mile from us. It rose straight up (higher than the tree line) and stopped.

Too close for comfort, we got into our car and drove rapidly from the lake taking Hwy 72 through Scottsboro to Huntsville (a trip lasting approximately 35 minutes). The object followed us just above the tree line rapidly moving from one side of the road to the other. The object was bright enough to be seen through the street lights once we reached Huntsville and followed us on a twisting path through town.

We stopped at my house near Redstone Arsenal and gathered up a pair of binoculars and a rifle scope to look more closely at the object that was now hovering over the neighbor’s house. We were joined by my father (a restaurant manager) and a neighbor (profession unknown), and we all watched the object for approximately ten minutes. It was bell or thimble shaped with varying colored lights around the outside of the object in a diagonal line from the bottom to the top.

It rotated counter clockwise and was light in color. After ten minutes or so, the object rose rapidly and sped off to the southeast. I saw several strange luminous objects in the skies over Redstone Arsenal in the spring and summer that followed- often the same objects in the same general area several nights in a row--but none came close enough for me to distinguish their shapes.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)).

02/15/88 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: other

Lasted: 45 minutes

Report

Indian Springs, AL

Full Report Text:

Huge craft hovering over a residential area. I am not exactly sure of the date, but I remember the year and time exactly. I was sixteen years old and this single event is the reason I am a MUFON supporter and interested in the UFO phenomenon.

I have never seen anything since that one experience. I watched a huge craft hover over an area near my home. I could see it well and it was very slow, fading out of view behind a house.

I cannot emphasize enough how large it was. It was oval-shaped and had many, many light on it. The next afernoon at work, I told some people who thought I was crazy, at least until it was reported on our local news that many people saw this craft.

Years later, in 1998, I was watching a UFO documentary on television and saw a picture of the exact craft I saw. You don't forget things like that. Anyway, the picture was taken in 1988 (same year I saw it) in Florida.

I would just love to know what it was. Thank you. ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the alleged sighting is approximate.

PD)).

02/15/88 2:30 AM

UFO Shape: oval

Lasted: 1 hour or so

Report

Alabama UFO Sightings From 1988 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Other 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Oval 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Chevron 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Alabama UFO Sightings From 1988 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 66.67% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Alabama UFO Sightings From 1988 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
Monday 2 reported sightings 66.67% of all reports
Friday 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Alabama UFO Sightings From 1988 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
02/15/88 2 reported sightings 66.67% of all reports
07/01/88 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Alabama UFO Sightings From 1988 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 66.67% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

All Alabama Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1988

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Alabama, in 1988

City Number of Reports View Reports
Huntsville 1 UFO Reports Huntsville UFO Sightings in 1988
Indian Springs 1 UFO Reports Indian Springs UFO Sightings in 1988
Madison 1 UFO Reports Madison UFO Sightings in 1988

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Alabama

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 7 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 57 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 76 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 21 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 64 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 62 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 31 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 64 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 51 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 65 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 130 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 87 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 67 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 41 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 26 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 35 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 51 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 53 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 36 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 39 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 27 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 42 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 19 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 14 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 21 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 30 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 18 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 11 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 7 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 13 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 9 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 3 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 7 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 1 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1991
1989 1 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 3 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 4 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 2 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 3 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 6 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1984
1981 1 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 5 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 2 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 6 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 3 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 4 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 6 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 5 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 14 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 6 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 2 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 2 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 3 UFO Reports Alabama UFO Sightings in 1969