Last updated on June 1, 2024

Oregon UFO Sightings in 1974

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Oregon during 1974.

How many Oregon UFO sightings were there in 1974?

  • There were 3 officially reported UFO sightings in Oregon in 1974.
  • In 1974, Oregon ranked #31 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Oregon ranks #31 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1974, with an average of 0.14 reports per 100,000 residents.

Oregon Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1974

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Aurora, OR 1 UFO Reports
2 Gold Beach, OR 1 UFO Reports
3 Fossil, OR 1 UFO Reports

Oregon UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 3 UFO sighting reports in Oregon from 1974 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Oregon UFO Sighting Reports in 1974

This is a sampling of 20 Oregon UFO reports from 1974, 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).

Fossil, OR

Full Report Text:

The object at a distance looked like a Ferris wheel with multiple colors of red green blue yellow. The lights were on the outer perimeter of the sometimes round saucer shaped object. The lights were rotating from left to right for a while, and then started seeming to tilt on to its edge u passenger agreed it looked as if it were the same as my observation.

We were in the farm land where wheat is grown nowhere where any cities ore towns were located. due to the strangeness of what were seek were swing, I told my passenger that I wanted to go down a old farm road where we both figured it was, and my pasenger got freaked out an told me he didn't want to go there. The night was completely clear, with only the stars shining brightly.

We arrived at our campground approximately five hours later than we should have. I don't know where the time went. It was opening day hunting season and since we were so late getting there, we decided to go ahead and do some hunting and I got a four point buck by 12 o'clock noon this day.

We went back to camp, skinks the buck, ate early dinner and went to bed. We got up and hunted until 12 noon, packed up camp and left for home since we both had to go to work on Monday. We stopped in the town of Fossil to get snacks is when we found out at the store it was in fact Tuesday.

When arriving at home the entire family had called the police and were to file a missing persons report. They cancelled the search. ((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information.

PD)).

10/05/74 11:00 PM

UFO Shape: changing

Lasted: 55 hours

Report

Gold Beach, OR

Full Report Text:

Ball of light shining a cone of light on the beach. My two friends and I were returning to college in Louisiana after working the summer in Washington state. I was driving along the coast highway at dust.

Suddenly we all noticed a motionless hovering white ball of light, shining a cone of light on the beach. After approximately 10 seconds the ball of light shot off toward the horizon - west over the ocean - at an incredible speed. The cone of light remained, slowly becoming dimmer and assuming a "smokey" apearance while maintaining the cone shape.

It gradually faded away. I do not know the time of the event, but it was dusk. It was a clear day and little if any clouds.

The first impression (dictated by logic) was that it must be a helicopter with a searchlight, but try as we might, there just was no helicopter (or anything else) there - just a ball of light. The distance from us to the light is difficult to estimate, but in order to provide some context, I would guess it was between 70 and 100 yards away. The size of the ball of light is also difficult to gauge, again I would guestimate approximately 3 feet in diameter.

The length of the cone of light was approximately 30 feet. We stopped at the next town (heading south), Gold Beach, Oregon, and reported to the police what we had seen. They told us that a lot of people had been reporting UFOs recently but what we saw was a meteor(!).

With that, we returned to the car and continued on our journey. ((NUFORC Note: Date of incident is approximate. If, in fact, the 1) object was hovering for a period of time, and 2) it was visible for 30 seconds, or so, we doubt that it was a meteor.

PD)).

08/15/74 8:00 PM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 30 seconds

Report

Aurora, OR

Full Report Text:

Flying Saucer hovers above car. This craft was typical flying saucer shape, it had bright blue lights flashing around the perifery one at a time. It hovered about 500 feet above my car for a few seconds, then in a split second it flew N.

E. of me and hovered for a few seconds above the trees about 1/2 a mile away. Then it flew west of me about the same distance and hovered again.

Then one more time S.E. of me before it took off towards space.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD)).

05/15/74 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: disk

Lasted: 2 minutes

Report

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1974 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Disk 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Circle 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Changing 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1974 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
October 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
May 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
August 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1974 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
Saturday 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Thursday 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1974 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
05/15/74 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
08/15/74 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
10/05/74 1 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1974 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 3 reported sightings 100.00% of all reports

All Oregon Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1974

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Oregon, in 1974

City Number of Reports View Reports
Aurora 1 UFO Reports Aurora UFO Sightings in 1974
Gold Beach 1 UFO Reports Gold Beach UFO Sightings in 1974
Fossil 1 UFO Reports Fossil UFO Sightings in 1974

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Oregon

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 11 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 95 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 99 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 97 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 241 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 134 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 101 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 127 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 171 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 216 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 228 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 189 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 181 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 116 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 85 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 80 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 93 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 113 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 79 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 108 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 93 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 94 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 97 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 116 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 99 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 106 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 59 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 39 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 29 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 74 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 12 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 1 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 8 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 5 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 7 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 6 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 3 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 4 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 2 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 4 UFO Reports Oregon UFO Sightings in 1969