Last updated on June 1, 2024

Oregon UFO Sightings in 1979

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Oregon during 1979.

How many Oregon UFO sightings were there in 1979?

  • There were 5 officially reported UFO sightings in Oregon in 1979.
  • In 1979, Oregon ranked #21 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Oregon ranks #6 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1979, with an average of 0.24 reports per 100,000 residents.

Oregon Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1979

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Medford, OR 1 UFO Reports
2 Falls City, OR 1 UFO Reports
3 Baker City, OR 1 UFO Reports
4 Clackamas, OR 1 UFO Reports
5 Portland, OR 1 UFO Reports

Oregon UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 5 UFO sighting reports in Oregon from 1979 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Oregon UFO Sighting Reports in 1979

This is a sampling of 20 Oregon UFO reports from 1979, 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).

Falls City, OR

Full Report Text:

"ENCOUNTER AT BLACK ROCK" I have been investigating this mystery of UFO's for a few decades now, and a few things one learns is obtaining as much information from witnesses and document the facts! After almost 40 years I have enough information to finally make this encounter public. Although there will still be questions, but the most interesting thing about this case is the ongoing bizarre encounters in this area of Oregon! "THE ENCOUNTER AT BLACK ROCK" I had taken a brief time away from the USAF and my fire protection career and was back in my hometown of Salem, Oregon. I had met up with a Navy veteran who was also a martial arts instructor.

As we both loved the outdoors and hunting, one cold morning in the fall of 1979 we headed to an area I used to hunt in the early 1970's, near Falls City, Oregon.an area called 'Black Rock'. (Don't remember the exact month or day) The morning was overcast and cool, some rain off an on.

I had my USAF field jacket on for warmth. We took JC's vehicle and headed towards Falls City, Oregon, then west into the hills called Black Rock, which is about just a few miles from Falls City. Not only did I know this area, I spent a few days in the summer at Camp Tapawingo in the late 1960's, part of a church camp, which was close to where we were hunting.

Driving on Black Rock Road out of Falls City, we took a forrest road and it was dark probably 6am in the morning. JC was driving and from my passenger window I could see the trees on a steep slope to the right as the sky was slowly getting lighter, but was still dark. No roads above us.

then there it was . a 'BRIGHT RED ORB' floating through the trees at a 45 degree angle from where we were! (See drawing with this report) I said to JC. "What the hell is that"? JC responded "Probably another vehicle.

" I responded. "There are no other roads up there!" He slowed down, I rolled the window down as this light was moving slowly above the trees, estimated distance about 100 yards or more. If I held up my thumb it was just barely cover the object.

(I now estimate the object was 25-35 feet in width) The object was solid, glowing like a star and round. No other objects were seen nor aircraft in the general area. There was no noise as it was floating in the same direction as we where driving.

There was no wind that day. This was not a reflection from our vehicle off the clouds or someone else's vehicle because once we stopped, the object kept moving forward. After a couple minutes of watching it, it faded into the clouds out of sight.

We were a little stunned and wondered what we just saw! We headed on to a higher elevation, slowly the morning was getting lighter. Still overcast we hunted an area going up hill, it was late morning or early afternoon. JC was below me several hundred feet and I was walking a forest road uphill until I came to a green metal gate.

No signs, the gate was locked. I turn around startled because I heard a vehicle coming up the road. It got closer, a blue Dodge, it stopped and to my surprise two USAF Security Police get out of the vehicle.

(See drawing with this report) The driver was a Buck Sergeant and his passenger was an Airman First Class. The A1C had an M16 and the driver had a pistol on his hip. He yelled, "YOU ARE IN A RESTRICTED AREA!" I responded, "Hey, guys, I am on your side and I have hunted this area for years.

what's up with this?" He responded again, "You cannot be here its restricted!" About that time JC came walking up behind them which made both of them nervous… The sergeant had his h! and on his pistol and the airman kept watch on me! As soon as JC came up, we were told we needed to vacate the area ASAP. Now, JC was one that no one could take his weapon away from him! I had an old British Infield .303; I don't remember JC's weapon and both of us unloaded our firearms at the request of the SP's and they asked us to get into the bed of the truck and were escorted back down the road.

We both sat there with wonder on our faces as the airman was with us in the bed of the truck. The sergeant came upon JC's vehicle, we got out and a few words were said but I don't remember all that conversation. They left, and JC and I looked at each other dumbfounded! Reflecting back on that day.

some points to bring up. The USAF pickup was real, it had all the markings, goverment plate USAF on the doors, both airman had the correct badges, patches and dress for that period. And both were armed.

So, why were they there? A few months later, I would re-enlist back into the USAF and head to Colorado, and this incident faded into my memory. A little history of this area; Via Wikipedia. Mount Hebo Air Force Station (ADC ID: M-100, NORAD ID: Z-100) is a closed United States Air Force General Surveillance Radar station.

It is located 5.2 miles (8.4 km) east-southeast of Hebo, Oregon, located at the top of 3,154-foot (961 m) Mount Hebo.

It was closed in 1980. Controlled by: United States Air Force Garrison: 689th Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron Built: 1957 In use: 1957-1979 The nearest USAF installation to Falls City, Oregon was Mt. Hebo which is 64 miles plus or minus NNW of Falls City, Oregon, and it was confirmed by an airman stationed there, the complex had no SECURITY POLICE on site.

Excerpts from my journal 27 May 1995; made trip to Falls City, Black Rock and Valsetz area. "Spoke with several locals familiar with area about military vehicles, all same conclusion "some weird" stuff is going on up and around Black Rock & Valsetz as noted by a station attendant-several transport-hauling goods and equipment seen going to Black Rock last summer -Hummers and large trucks. Most locals believe there is a radar site, but with all the base closures-Mt.

Hebo and other bases U.S. and worldwide, why would a small radar site remain open this long.

With NORAD having advanced system that can protect our perimeter 1000 miles out from our coastlines and 15,000 up into space, it's unconceivable that a radar site would still be needed in this locale. More from my journal 28 May 1995. Back to Falls City to go up Black Rock Road.

On 27 May went about 10 miles, road very trecherous, not for an auto, unstable at places. Unable to locate spot I was at 16 years ago when confronted by SP's. Spoke with a local firefighter, said USAF and DOD are at radar site.

Lots of road equipment and construction going on. Warned that road is unstable, and there were gates locking us out from area. Because of treacherous roads on canyons and construction going on warned not to go up there without a 4x4.

Suggested getting map from BLM on hiking trails and local roads. Conversation with 'JC' after close to 40 years after finding him on Facebook. 5 Febuary 2019 Question to JC; "It was 1980 or so.

you and I went hunting near Falls City. I had my .303 WEARING my USAF field jacket.

driving early up a forest service road we look to the right in a tree line and see a RED glowing ball floating. Wow. we said.

maybe a tail light of another Hunter on a road above us. but no roads higher than what we were. Later in the day I come across a green metal gate.

next thing I know two USAF SECURITY POLICE are drawing down on me with M16s. then you come walking up the road. Do you remember that? Your old roommate and karate student.

How the hell are ya JC?" (NOTE; later during our phone conversation it is determined it was the fall of 1979) 6 Febuary 2019 Response from JC; "Hey RG I had forgotten that but I remember now it was up by Black Rock as I recall and I remember the guy that was reaching for his pistol was nervous yeah I remember that we never did figure out what that red glowing ball was." Later that week, JC called me and we spent about an hour catching up as it had been close to 40 years since we had seen oneanother. JC told me he had been battleing colon cancer the last several months… We talked more about the Black Rock encounter to fill in some gaps.

I found it odd to myself, that for the last several months my old friend had been on my mind. he had been struggling to stay alive, but he beat the illness. We both vowed to stay in touch.

In March 2019 I saw a post on a Facebook Group for Cold War veterans about an individual being stationed at USAF Mt. Hebo Radar installation in Oregon. I contacted him right away.

Below is our conversaton. 11 March 2019 My Question; "AK. this is a long shot question.

I see you were at MT. HEBO in my home state or Oregon. fall of 1979 I was home on leave hunting and had an incident near BLACK ROCK in that vicinity.

Were you in security police during your time at Hebo 1979-1980. curious, because my story is straight out of the X-Files. my career was fire protection in the USAF.

" 22 March, 2019 Response from AK; "No, I was in ground radio. After everyone else left the ground radio guys were all that was left. So when I left in 1980 there were only 5 left.

" 24 March 2019 My Question; "Thanks for getting back on this. Were there any Security Police assigned to that facility when you were there? If not, I wonder where the two we encountered at Black Rock came from. Basically what happened is that I and a Navy vet buddy encountered a large 'red glowing ball of light' hovering above the tree line early in the morning.

" "It was not another vehicle as there were no roads above us. We both were stunned by the object. Later while we were hunting, I came across a green metal gate and a USAF vehicle pulled up two SP's got out, one with M16 and the other hand on his pistol and my buddy was walking up the road behind them.

They told us 'YOU ARE IN A RESTRICTED AREA!. I said I have hunted this area since 1972. They escorted us out of the area in the back of the pickup, .

That was it. It's been 40 years and I finally found my buddy JC who was there with me to verify the event. So my question, if these SP's were not from Hebo, where were they from, what was that red object and why was that area RESTRICTED? The plates, the SP badges everything said they were real USAF personnel.

Anything you can add to this would be helpful. Thanks! 24 March 2019 Response from AK; "I wonder if this happened before I got there. I didn't get there until August of 79.

I don't remember any SP's especially after most of the site closed. We moved the GATR site to one of the radar towers after they moved the radar equipment. Until I got out, for the last six months, there were only 5 of us.

" My response and question; "Thanks for the info. As I said, our incident was fall of 1979. So the big mystery now is where did these security police come from? Conclusion: During that fall of 1979, there were only 3 USAF installations in Oregon.

Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Portland Air National Guard Base and the small unit at Mt. Hebo Radar Site. So, where did these Security Police come from? Were they investigating the RED ORB we saw, or was their presence something totally different? With numerous locals there in Falls City and neighboring towns all saying that military vehicles have been seen in that general area of Falls City, Black Rock and even Valsetz (an old logging town dismantled in the mid 1980s after Boise Cascade bought the land there.

) Why were military in that general area from 1979 to the time of my last visit in 1995? Again, Mt. Hebo Radar Site closed in 1980. Last, the big queston is… "What is really going on in that area of BLACK ROCK? It's a mystery, and maybe another visit is due! ((NUFORC Note: Report submitted by Mr.

Ron Wright, of Oregon. Mr. Wright is a very skilled, and reliable, UFO investigator.

We express our gratitude to him for his having shared the report. PD)) ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD).

10/01/79 6:00 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 2 minutes

Report

Clackamas, OR

Full Report Text:

Refer to the Austin Tx report of 06-29-2004. After reading this report I wanted to relate a similar experience I had. I was driving to work in the fog adjacent to the Fred Meyer warehouse in Clackamas and similar to the above report, I witnessed 5 round lights (smaller than the referenced report) about the size of beach balls, each one a solid color, blue, green, orange, and red.

They passed in front of my vehicle at approximately 20 feet altitude, and 20 feet in front of me. These lights were following one another and oscillating (like a sine wave on an oscilliscope) in opposite wave patterns (when one was at the peak of the cycle the next would be at the bottom of the cycle). I have seen work trucks and police cars with flashing lights in the fog and this was not at all similar.

There was no apparent "beam", just individual round balls of light. They moved at approximately 40 miles per hour. Just thought the witness would like to know that someone else has seen strange acting lights in the fog.

07/15/79 7:30 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: 2 seconds

Report

Portland, OR

Full Report Text:

If you saw the triangle I have described. It would be very wise to search your memories. a huge triangle caft was seen twice.

in 1979 and about 1995. it was reported the second time on a local cable show. when i was 7 or 8 (the first time) it made no sound.

had no lights. it flew low slow and appeard to be the length of the empire state building (a very tall building) and equally as wide. i saw the craft coming from the north.

I saw it for only about 1 minute. (i later rememberd) i was taken up to the ship via some sort of transport device. the inhabitants were human looking.

I was givin a non invasive medical exam. i remember laughing. i was then lead to a huge room where many children were.

i was hooked up to a machine that lookied kinda like a large virtual reality machine. it came on and there were pictures, diagrams, equations, and many other things flashing at a high rate of speed. i have been able to recover some important info.

like how the two and only two types of space vehicles work. there is alot more info. it only becomes available when something trigers it.

i believe there is a process of education occuring. ((NUFORC Note: Date of alleged incident may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. PD)).

04/04/79 1:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted: a while

Report

Baker City, OR

Full Report Text:

Large, cigar-shaped craft w / windows travelling south to NNE near Baker, Oregon @ appx. 22:00 on March 24th, 1979. Apparently very large,cigar-shaped craft w / large, rectangular observation windows.

Looked like an airplane without wings , travelling south to NNE over Baker ( City ), Oregon the night of March 24th, 1979. After it passed north of town, seemed to slow down, make a 90*turn , and zoomed east at what seemed to be warp speed . A day or so later , the Oregonian newspaper ran an AP article out of San Francisco about a UFO seen over a bunch of western states by airline pilots.

I am a forestry technician with the Bureau of Land Management with nearly 20 years of experience, and have lived in Baker City for the better part of 24 years . ((NUFORC Note: Date may be approximate, but that is only a guess. PD)).

03/24/79 10:00 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 12 seconds

Report

Medford, OR

Full Report Text:

Summary : While in flight landing at Medford from Klammath Falls, I spoted what appeared to be another aircraft flying the opposite direction. Since the moon was setting, when this craft siluetted againt the moon, I could see it had no tail. I turned toward the craft, it turned toward me.

The encounter ended with the craft flying formation with me for about 30 seconds, where I could see much detail of two craft. This encounter may be too old to be of interest to you. I did report it to a Universite the day after, but I do not remember which University.

I got the phone number from the Medford Police for the University. About 4 years ago I reported the encounter to Dr. Haynes.

I only mention it to you now, because I still have relatives in Medford, who sent me a newspaper clipping of a recent sighting there, that mentions the name of your organization. If you have an interest in more detail, let me know, I will email you a full description. Russ Smith.

03/01/79 4:00 AM

UFO Shape: unknown

Lasted: 5 min

Report

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1979 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Unknown 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Circle 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Cigar 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Light 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Triangle 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1979 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
March 2 reported sightings 40.00% of all reports
April 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
October 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
July 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1979 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
Sunday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Thursday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Monday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Saturday 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1979 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
03/01/79 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
10/01/79 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
03/24/79 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
07/15/79 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
04/04/79 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

Oregon UFO Sightings From 1979 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
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 3 reported sightings 60.00% of all reports
Night 20:00 - 23:59 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 1 reported sightings 20.00% of all reports

All Oregon Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1979

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Oregon, in 1979

City Number of Reports View Reports
Medford 1 UFO Reports Medford UFO Sightings in 1979
Falls City 1 UFO Reports Falls City UFO Sightings in 1979
Baker City 1 UFO Reports Baker City UFO Sightings in 1979
Clackamas 1 UFO Reports Clackamas UFO Sightings in 1979
Portland 1 UFO Reports Portland UFO Sightings in 1979

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