Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) Sightings Reported in Tucson

The stated purpose of the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC) is that the center is "Dedicated to the Collection and Dissemination of Objective UFO Data." According to the NUFORC, Arizona is ranked in the top 10 in number of UFO sightings reported in North America.

The list below consists of UFO sightings mentioned in the local newspapers and local media.  It is not a definitive list of all Tucson UFO sightings:

○ February 24, 2018. Pilots flying at 37,000 feet spotted an unidentified object high in the sky.

○ September 10, 2016. Three lights hovered in formation over Vail, AZ. 

○ October 2014. A fast-moving flash of blue light captured on camera from Sabino Canyon.

○ April 12, 2014. A bright green-colored fireball was spotted over the Santa Catalina Mountains.

○ September 23, 2010. There were strange lights over the southwest side of Tucson. The lights were described as 3-5 lights in a triangle shape.

○ September 13, 2010. Around 1 p.m. a tiny bright blue dot appeared in the sky over east Tucson.

○ February 2005. South Mission and West Irvington Roads.2004—North La Cholla Boulevard and Ruthraff Road.

○ March 2003. Above the Santa Catalina Mountains.

○ September 2002. North Thornydale and West Magee Roads.

○ 2000. Large triangle spotted over Davis-Monthan Airforce Base.

○ May 2000. Picture Rocks.

○ October 1999. Over Twin Peaks.

○ March 13, 1997. Triangle and V-shaped lights reported in the Phoenix area, then Prescott, Tucson and other places between those cities. 

○ February 7, 1986. Droning sounds and a series of colored lights in Avra Valley.

○ October 7, 1985. Federal Aviation radar operators at Tucson International Airport reported tracking 15 groups of aircraft, at least 60 in all, as they flew from the Avra Valley area in the southwest across the city, and out through Reddington Pass.

○ November 8, 1972. Dark, triangular object that shimmered at the edges near Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

○ October 1967. Hovering craft near East Speedway and North Harrison Road.

○ May 1966. Reports of orange UFOs over Tucson. (Later explained as a missile firing in California.)

○ 1962. Brilliant light descending on a Titan II missile silo reported by a Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Crew.

○ August 7, 1952. Davis-Monthan received reports of "flying saucer" sightings beginning at 8 p.m. on August 6 continuing through 3 a.m. on August 7, 1952.

○ November 1951. Reports of a "blue-tailed ball of fire."


National UFO Reporting Center | NUFORC Report Index by State / Province | NUFORC Report Index for AZ

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