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Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1972

This page aggregates and analyzes all UFO sighting reports made in Pennsylvania during 1972.

How many Pennsylvania UFO sightings were there in 1972?

  • There were 6 officially reported UFO sightings in Pennsylvania in 1972.
  • In 1972, Pennsylvania ranked #11 on the list of states with the most UFO sightings for that year.
  • Adjusted for population size, Pennsylvania ranks #39 in the list of states with the most reported UFO sightings in 1972, with an average of 0.05 reports per 100,000 residents.

Pennsylvania Cities with the most UFO Sightings in 1972

Rank City Number of Reports
1 Williamsport, PA 2 UFO Reports
2 Pocono Mts, PA 1 UFO Reports
3 Cincinnati, PA 1 UFO Reports
4 Allentown, PA 1 UFO Reports
5 West Pittson, PA 1 UFO Reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings Analysis

We analyzed all 6 UFO sighting reports in Pennsylvania from 1972 to identify possible patterns and gain insight into the phenomenon:

Pennsylvania UFO Sighting Reports in 1972

This is a sampling of 20 Pennsylvania UFO reports from 1972, 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).

West Pittson, PA

Full Report Text:

we are not alone When I was thirteen years old I saw something fare away in the night sky it looked like a moving star but it made a u shape pattern It took about 30 to 45 min. to make but, After seeing that I knew we were not alone out there But this had to be light years away, And in the 70s the sky in pa. Was so clear you could see forever But now on a good night you are lucky to see hundreds or a thousand stars if that, It was in the north direction 11 o’clock position.

12:00 am at night, I think that’s near the plant Vega at that time of the morning, We ware just on the moon in 1969 Os I knew that what ever this was it was not us, It was to fare away to be us, I always wanted to tell Essay the people who look for life out there but I here they got cut this year with over 2000 Saddle Lights around the earth if theirs UFO’S out three are country knows. ((NUFORC Note: We cannot be certain whether this report is intended as a serious-minded report. PD)).

07/28/72 12:00 AM

UFO Shape: circle

Lasted: 45 min.

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Williamsport, PA

Full Report Text:

fireball, ( meteor ? ) My brother and I were just home from school and we saw a large fireball moving across the sky moving from north to south could not tell how fast ((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. One of several reports from same source. PD)).

07/20/72 3:00 PM

UFO Shape: fireball

Lasted: 1 minute

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Cincinnati, PA

Full Report Text:

Pennsylvania, July, 1972 While driving home to Cincinnati from my bother's wedding at Westpoint, New York, in July of 1972, I was sitting in the back seat of my parents' car. I looked out the back window and saw 3 large bright white glowing orbs. They were in the shape of a triangle, that is, one light at each angle.

They moved simultaneously in a clockwise, then counter-clockwise motion. I told my parents, they didn't believe me, of course. When I looked back around, the lights/orbs were gone.

Has anyone reported a similar incident or incidents in the same vicinity during the early part of July 1972? ((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD)).

07/15/72 9:00 PM

UFO Shape: triangle

Lasted:

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Williamsport, PA

Full Report Text:

this is the adition to the report I sent with the same date, three more reports to follow we lived on top of a mountian outside of Williamsport, to the south. It was night and my brother was outside trying to shoot bats with a shot gun when we heard him yell for us to come out, we could tell by his voice some thing was wrong. it was dark with scattered cloud cover their was a bright moon back lighting the clouds.

through the clouds we saw a cigar shaped object flying through the sky. it was just over the tops of the trees 25 to 30 feet in the air, it was silver in color with soft yellowish colored windows. their was no visable engines as in a plane, or jet, some type of landing system protruded from the sides, they seamed to be some type of pods like that of the lunar lander.

their was no sound at all, it disapeared flying to the south, south west. the speed was not fast at all about 5 to 10 miles an hour. the lenghth was aprox.

30 to 40 feet in length and 8 feet in diameter my mother, father, brother and myself witnessed this. my brother and I are the only ones alive. A few nights later we all were watching TV and since we lived out in the boonies my dad would go out side to take a leak.

on this night he did his usual thing but when he returned he grabed my brother, the 50 cal. flintlock told my brother to grab the 12 gauge shot gun. my mother and I followed them out to the porch where my father told us to stay.

about 100 to 125 yards away was the woods, these woods went on for miles before another house was seen. up in the trees were glowing eyes, hundreds of eyes, or we think they were. they say thay oposums eyes will give off a glow or reflection.

so thats what we figured they were. my dad and brother walked up close to the woods but did not go in, they could not tell what they were. the next night we were a sleep except my father he was watching TV and went outside to go take a leak.

I remember him waking up my brother and again grabing some fire armes. looking out my bed room window with my mother about 50 yards away was a row of peach trees and some out buildings ( a shed and a garage ) there were 3 sets of eyes, larger than the ones we saw the previous night. where they were we had some rubarb plants growing so they must have been about 3 feet off the ground.

they were grouped close together about 4 feet from start to finish. my father pulled the truck up into the yard just pass a stone wall that divied the driveway from the yard. he turned the lights on high beam to try to see what they were, but they werent bright enough.

he started to walk twards them and my mother yeld at him to stay back. he stayed back by the truck for a while when I saw him and my brother take aim at them I could see the flash from the 50 cal. flintlock and the flash from the shot gun.

both my father and my brother were good shots from hunting. the eyes never moved. my father stayed out as long as he could, he did not shoot any more.

we tryed to stay awake but we could not, in the morning they were gone. the next night the same thing except they were on the stone wall. I was awaken by my father screaming to my brother to get down stairs.

my father and my brother unloaded allmost every rifle we had. 44 mag. rifle, 12 gauge shot gun, 45 cal.

cap and ball revolver, 222 rifle, 50 cal. flintlock. how ever many bullets these would hold is what they shot.

the final gun my father reloaded the 45 cal. cap and ball and walked up to them point blank and fired directly into one of the eyes or where the body should be. they never moved.

for all the shells we picked up the next day their was not a stray divit in the ground, no sign that any thing took place. that was the last we saw of the eyes.

06/22/72 6:00 PM

UFO Shape: cigar

Lasted: 2 min

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Pocono Mts, PA

Full Report Text:

I was pulled off the road(rt.80). Fighting sleep what i saw was as in a dream.

I was pulled from the cab of my truck. Bright light all around. Max of 8 shapes around me.

I fought for a pistol under my seat. As ststed above I was driving truck, got real sleepy all of a sudden. Pulled my truck over and layed across the full seat.

It was as if only a few min. went by. all of at once the cab of the truck filled with a very bright light.

I kept a pistol under my seat because I carried a valuble cargo. ( McIntosh Stereo Equipment) I strained very hard to reach it but was moving in very slow motion. One strange thing to all this is my eyes would not open no matter how hared I tried.

This seems like it just happened to me no matter when I think of this or tell some one it never changes its always the same. There were at least 8 figures outside the trck looking in. Next thing Iremeber is having the same figures around me on some type of flate surface.

I still kept fighting to open my eyes, but couldn't. I dont have anyother remberance of that the moment. For several years after tha I would get a burning in the back of my head.

It stopped for a long time then once in 1990 it came back for about a week and then it was gone. This all happened over25 years ago but it still is on my mind. I was your web page and thought it was time to tell it to some one that might take it seriously.

The one real noticible change to me is after that had happened I am very emotional and cant seem to get a handle on it at all. Thanks for your time. If you think this is more than a dream let me know.

most I've told thinks tharts all it is.

06/20/72 5:30 AM

UFO Shape: light

Lasted: unsure

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Allentown, PA

Full Report Text:

pink glowing boomerang[ufo]? seen moving across night sky. I have seen many strange things over the years,and I am 51 years old now. this sighting occured when I was 16 years old.

I lived in a small house on a side street in Allentown Pa.it was around 10:15 pm,when I went outside to observe the stars.as usual the pleiades were almost directly overhead.

the street I lived on ran east/west,so in the spring and summer pleiades seemed to rise at the east end of emmett st. and set at the west end.well this night I had been watching them for about 15 minutes and looking around the sky in the hope of sighting a meteorite or two.

when to the west I spotted movement in the sky.it seemed to be very high up. if it was the size of a 747 jet my guess would be that it was flying at 30000 ft.

but I didnt know the size of the thing,however what really caught my eye was not size but color and shape.I had seen many planes fly across the night sky but none like this one.boomerang shaped and glowing hot pink like poster paint.

it seemed to be directly over emmett st. heading west to east.from my position I watched it approach, pass overhead and then depart.

which took all of 5 minutes.it did not seem to be moving very fast.only like any other aircraft I had ever seen go across the night sky.

except for that weird shape and color.I dont know if I saw a ufo or some strange military experiment.I like to think that yes,it was a UFO.

((NUFORC Note: Source of report indicates that date of the event is approximate. PD)) ((NUFORC Note: One of two reports from same source. PD)).

06/14/72 10:15 PM

UFO Shape: chevron

Lasted: 5 min. approx.

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Pennsylvania UFO Sightings From 1972 By Shape

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

Shape / Appearance Sightings % Of Total
Chevron 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Circle 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Light 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Cigar 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Fireball 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Triangle 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings From 1972 By Month

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

Month Sightings % Of Total
June 3 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports
July 3 reported sightings 50.00% of all reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings From 1972 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
Thursday 2 reported sightings 33.33% of all reports
Saturday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Wednesday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Tuesday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Friday 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings From 1972 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
06/14/72 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
07/28/72 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
06/20/72 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
06/22/72 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
07/20/72 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

Pennsylvania UFO Sightings From 1972 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 33.33% of all reports
Afternoon 12:00 - 15:59 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Early morning 04:00 - 07:59 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Late night 00:00 - 03:59 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports
Evening 16:00 - 19:59 1 reported sightings 16.67% of all reports

All Pennsylvania Cities with reported UFO sightings in 1972

These are running counts of how many UFO sighting reports were filed per city in Pennsylvania, in 1972

City Number of Reports View Reports
Williamsport 2 UFO Reports Williamsport UFO Sightings in 1972
Pocono Mts 1 UFO Reports Pocono Mts UFO Sightings in 1972
Cincinnati 1 UFO Reports Cincinnati UFO Sightings in 1972
Allentown 1 UFO Reports Allentown UFO Sightings in 1972
West Pittson 1 UFO Reports West Pittson UFO Sightings in 1972

Other Years with Reported UFO Sightings in Pennsylvania

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

Year Number of Reports View Reports
2024 19 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2024
2023 146 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2023
2022 209 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2022
2021 146 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2021
2020 323 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2020
2019 236 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2019
2018 95 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2018
2017 179 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2017
2016 203 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2016
2015 246 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2015
2014 383 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2014
2013 308 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2013
2012 298 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2012
2011 189 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2011
2010 172 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2010
2009 168 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2009
2008 193 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2008
2007 153 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2007
2006 123 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2006
2005 106 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2005
2004 137 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2004
2003 88 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2003
2002 135 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2002
2001 78 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2001
2000 73 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 2000
1999 70 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1999
1998 48 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1998
1997 39 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1997
1996 37 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1996
1995 42 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1995
1994 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1994
1993 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1993
1992 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1992
1991 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1991
1990 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1990
1989 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1989
1988 13 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1988
1987 4 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1987
1986 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1986
1985 9 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1985
1984 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1984
1983 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1983
1982 7 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1982
1981 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1981
1980 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1980
1979 12 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1979
1978 18 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1978
1977 12 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1977
1976 14 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1976
1975 15 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1975
1974 10 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1974
1973 16 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1973
1972 6 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1972
1971 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1971
1970 5 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1970
1969 11 UFO Reports Pennsylvania UFO Sightings in 1969