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  • Writer's picturePeter Fuller


I alluded to this in a previous post, but it bears further scrutiny. So here goes.

In October of 1988, aeronautical illustrator Mark McCandlish invited Brad Sorenson, an old college buddy, to accompany him to an air show at Norton Air Force Base. An aeronautical illustrator himself, Sorenson agreed to go, stating it might be an opportunity for them to network and possibly generate some new work, since they were both freelance illustrators. Sorenson asked if he could bring along a client of his, to which McCandlish also agreed.

Fate would step in, and at the last minute, McCandlish was contacted by a client for a rush job that needed to be completed over the weekend, so he was unable to accompany Sorenson and his client. The two went to the air show without McCandlish.

The following week, Mark called his friend to ask about the air show. Sorenson was hesitant to discuss his experience, and finally said, “I think I saw some things I wasn’t supposed to.” McCandlish pressed, and his friend related an unusual tale.

After arriving at the Air Show, Brad and his client viewed the normal displays, but then after a while, the client said, “Follow me. I want to have a look at another part of the show.” He proceeded to lead Sorenson over to a hangar a little distance from the air show. “Don’t say anything. Let me handle this,” the client said as they approached a guard station. Once inside the hangar, Sorenson was surprised to see several classified air-frames, including the mark I of the Aurora project, the so-called “Pumpkin seed” aircraft. All of the guests present were high ranking officials, both military on political, including Senator Alan Cranston and Congressman George E. Brown Jr.

Then after a while, a general who was in charge of the presentation had everyone gather in front of a large curtain. When it was pulled back, revealed were three very unusual craft that Sorenson could only describe as flying saucers, completely silent, hovering several feet off the concrete floor of the hangar. One was 25 feet in diameter, the second 60 feet in diameter, and the third 125 feet in diameter. Several panels on the smallest craft were removed so the interior propulsion system could be viewed.

McCandlish couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Sorenson went on to say they were described by the general in charge as “ARVs” (Alien Reproduction Vehicles) or “Fluxliners.” The latter appellation was because they used a form electrogravitics for propulsion, were powered by zero-point energy, and had the ability to travel faster than the speed of light. Sorenson’s client then realized that Brad should probably not be there, since he didn’t have sufficient clearance. If he was discovered, there could be consequences. Sorenson was hesitant to say any more, but McCandlish convinced him to meet for lunch later that week to discuss the experience further.

Over their lunch, Mark convinced his friend Brad to describe the ARVs in more detail. He went one further, and drew a sketch for Mark as he described the inner workings of the three craft. Mark would eventually take that sketch and render it into a fully detailed blueprint of the fluxliner.

Intrigued by his friend’s story, McCandlish began to research the unusual craft, to see if he could discover whether or not this was actually true. It took him several years, but his research paid off. He spoke with an airframe mechanic who was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base in the late 1970s, who was driving past a hangar in a remote part of the base whose door was open. He glanced into the hangar, and saw what he described as a flying saucer. McCandlish did a quick sketch, showed it to the fellow and said, “Is this what you saw?” “Oh, you’ve seen it too,” was his reply. He would go on to say that he was quickly incarcerated and debriefed for some 18 hours.

McCandlish also contacted an Air Force officer, Colonel Wendelle Stevens, who had an archive of photographs from his days of chasing UFOs. He described the fluxliner to Stevens, who then sent him several photographs dating from the 1960s, showing the actual fluxliner in flight.

One of the things Sorenson had said about the vehicles he saw was that they looked like they had been well used–chipped paint, worn edges, hand prints on the exterior, etc. McCandlish gleaned from this that these vehicles had been in use for quite some time. His research seemed to support Sorenson’s description.

McCandlish continued to research the fluxliner, which also included interviews with alien abductees, who when they were shown the engine rooms of UFOs by their abductors, described a system eerily similar to that described by Brad Sorenson. The evidence was mounting, and the story became more credible.

Through his research, McCandlish also came to understand how the anti-gravitic system on the fluxliner actually works. He describes all of this in a film by James Allen. You can find that film here.

Unfortunately, this story does not have a happy ending. During his research, McCandlish began to feel as if he was being followed. Strange telephone calls, clients who suddenly cancelled contracts, cars shadowing him as he drove. His girlfriend received a telephone threat, and finally when he spoke to Sorenson, showing him the blueprint of the fluxliner he’d produced, Brad told him the drawing was the most accurate rendering possible, but that it was also the most dangerous drawing Mark had ever done. He warned Mark to destroy it and any related sketches. “Forget you’ve ever seen or heard of this thing,” Sorenson told him. Not long after, the IRS seized Mark's bank accounts, his classic car collection and most everything else he owned. Worst of all, James Allen, the man who produced the Film of Mark and his story about the Fluxliner, died under suspicious circumstances. The only conclusion Mark could draw was that there is a very powerful group, possibly a “breakaway civilization” that controls this advanced technology, and doesn’t want it released to the public. Mark was in their cross-hairs, but to date they haven’t enacted the final solution as they have to so many others who threaten their monopoly in this technology.

Mark still discusses the fluxliner at UFO conferences and was invited by Dr. Stephen Greer, the head of the Disclosure Project, to speak to a group of congressmen and women in Washington D.C., in May of 2001. Nothing came of the presentation, but Mark and others are still out there spreading the information they’ve collected about the fact that this technology is real, but very dangerous to anyone who attempts to pierce the veil of silence.

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