The Oskar Linke UFO Sighting
My pal Kevin Randle has presented a few postings about the early 1950s Oskar Linke sighting.
His most recent post dealt with the date of the sighting:
This from that posting:
“Hynek dated the case as July 9, 1952, but other sources said the sighting was June 17, 1950.”
I’ve written about the Oskar Linke sighting several times over the years, getting my information from the 1952 Fawcett booklet pictured here:
The Linke article in it [Page 142 ff.] comes from Antony Terry’s newspaper column in the London based Kemsley Newspapers.
And since the Fawcett publication is copyrighted 1952, I assume the Linke sighting took place in the earlier date, 1950, as the printing of the booklet would very likely have taken place too early in 1952 to include a sighting for that time-frame.
My interest in the sighting stems from its similarity to the 1964 Zamora/Socorro sighting:
Both witnesses stumbled upon a strange craft with two human-like figures, about 50 yards away; the figures wearing shimmering, metallic clothing in the Linke observation and white coveralls in the Zamora observation.
Zamora’s craft was egg-shaped whereas Linke’s “looked like [a] huge oval warming pan.” [Page 143]
Linke’s craft, once the figures re-entered it,, having been seen by the witness and his daughter, rose slowly then “swerved away … climbing over the hills … toward Stockholm” having created “a whistling sound, rather like the noise of a falling bomb, but not nearly so loud.” [op.cit.]
These are drawings, made by an artist from Oskar Linke’s description of the craft, on the ground, and departing:
This is the affidavit that Linke and his step-daughter signed about their sighting:
This is a recap of the incident by UFO Evidence (which sets the sighting in 1952, errantly I think):
Oskar Linke was an escapee from Soviet Russia and an ex-mayor.
I’m disinclined to think he would perpetuate a hoax, much as we all agree that Police Officer Lonnie Zamora would unlikely create a hoax or fabricate his sighting.
Linke’s disk-like craft is attuned to a 1950ish technology: metallic with a conning tower that retracted into the craft when it took off.
(Zamora’s egg-shaped craft was odder, in that it wasn’t like space craft as depicted by fictional accounts or television/movies, or like pending space ships by the military.)
Linke’s object had all the earmarks of an actual craft that one might expect to see, from a Soviet or German technology of the time.
“Mr. George Edwards, chief designer for Vickers Aircraft, had this to say about [Linke’s] [German] East Zone ‘saucer’: If Herr Linke’s description is accurate, it may be that the machine is designed as a military hover plane. It would appear from his comment on it’s ‘glow’ that it houses a jet plant designed to provide vertical take-off.” [ibid, Page 144]