The UFO Fluxliner Tragedy

A brilliant commercial artist & designer gets inside information about the design of a reverse-engineered UFO — and pays the price

Today I continue my series about high-positioned scientists and other people who have reported direct knowledge of alien technology currently in U.S. Government possession — but is being kept secret from the public.

In my previous articles, I wrote about:

· Dr. James T. Lacatski: The man who headed the Pentagon’s $22 million AAWSAP (often mistaken for AATIP) study of Skinwalker Ranch and other UFO phenomena.

· Bob Oeschler: The former NASA mission specialist who told numerous mainstream media outlets in the 1990s about his experience with observing alien technology.

· Daniel Sheehan: The famous attorney who found the photo of a crashed UFO when he was allowed access to classified Project Blue Book files.

Now, I turn to:

— — — — — — — — — — – — THE UFO FLUX LINER — — — — — — —— — — —

I’ll begin my story today where it ended — in tragedy.

On April 13, 2021, Mark McCandlish put a 9mm SIG Saurer P226 pistol to his right temple and pulled the trigger. He died instantly in the bedroom of his Redding, California, home.

Even though the coroner listed his death as a suicide — and McCandlish had left a voicemail with his landlord stating his intent to take his own life — his death set off a frenzy of conspiracy theories because of this man’s unique position in the world of ufology.

McCandlish burst into the consciousness of the UFO community on May 9, 2001, when he appeared as a star witness at a meeting of the National Press Club. That was the day that Dr. Steven Greer brought more than 20 military, corporate, intelligence and government officials to reveal to journalists their inside information and direct personal contact they had with UFOs.

McCandlish, a world-renowned aerospace illustrator and designer, provided the star prop of the day. It was a blow up of his highly detailed illustration of what he said was an “ARV” — an “Alien Reproduction Vehicle” — dubbed “The Flux Liner.” It included cutaway views that showed the inner workings of the man-made UFO.

It was more than a mere UFO illustration. It was veritably a blueprint of how to build one.

An ARV is called that because it’s believed these are human-designed vehicles created from reverse-engineered UFOs. These were obtained by the U.S. government from crash retrievals or possibly UFOs that were “gifted” to us by extraterrestrial aliens — or who or whatever “They” are. (Note: Whistleblower Bob Lazar believes the UFO he saw may have been an “archaeological find”!)

McCandlish said the “The Flux Liner” is called such because “flux” refers to the enormous amount of electricity needed to power the craft and “liner” is taken from our traditional term, “airline.”


McCandlish was born in 1953 and grew up a “military brat.” His father was a lifer in the U.S. Air Force. Much of Mark’s childhood was spent at Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Mark followed in his father’s footsteps and joined the Air Force in the 1970s. There, he served as a weapons control systems mechanic. This experience proved incredibly valuable for his post-military career as an illustrator of highly technical and experimental aircraft and systems.

He attended Bringham Young University and the ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, although he did not earn a degree.

However, his remarkable talent allowed him to quickly build a client list that included many defense contractors, such as Northrop, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics and many more. His illustration also frequently graced the cover of premier magazines, such as Popular Mechanics, Discover Magazine, Aviation Week, Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine and others.


One day in 1988, McCandlish had just landed a rush assignment from Popular Mechanics. They wanted him to create a cover-story illustration and turn over the job quickly. It meant a fast $2,000 — $3,000 for a couple-day’s work.

As he got down to business, McCandlish got a surprise call from an old college buddy by the name of Brad Sorenson. After a bit of chit-chat and catching up, Sorenson invited McCandlish to an air show that would be taking place at Norton Air Force Base near San Bernadino in Southern California.

This air show would feature a rare treat — a flyby demonstration of the SR-71 Blackbird, the powerful spy reconnaissance plane that could achieve speeds of Mach 3 and cruise at 85,000 feet. McCandlish was pumped to go, but his hard deadline for Popular Mechanics loomed. Thus, he begged off.

McCandlish called skipping the Norton air show “the biggest regret of my life.”

That’s because a rather dazed and even depressed-seeming Brad Sorenson came back from the air show with a sensational story to tell his old college pal, Mark McCandlish.

It turns out that Sorenson got inside a secret hangar where he was afforded an up-close-and-personal look at three operational reverse-engineered UFOs — Alien Reproduction Vehicles.


The thing to know about Mark’s friend Brad Sorenson is that he had parlayed his own design and illustration talents to make himself a millionaire by age 30. Part of the way he did that was by working with defense industry engineers and aerospace types on new designs for various systems.

Sorenson structured his contracts, such that, if he created detailed drawings and designs of new aircraft, weapons platforms or even a part for an advanced vehicle, he got royalty cuts for each subsequent patent obtained by his clients. (Source)

If the patent had legs, just one of them could have brought Sorenson enormous profits. So that’s part of how he got rich — and well-connected to powerful defense and aerospace industry insiders.

It’s likely that one of those key people in Brad Sorenson’s circle was none other than Frank Carlucci. Who’s that? Well, he was the Secretary of Defense in the Reagan Administration. Carlucci was also the former Deputy Director of the CIA, Reagan’s National Security Advisor and former Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity.

Before all that, Carlucci was a high-positioned diplomat who served in Africa, Portugal and other nations. Carlucci is sometimes pegged with involvement in the assassination of African Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba. It is known that Carlucci was among the last people to see Lumumba alive. There is evidence that the CIA wanted Lumumba dead. (Source)

Carlucci strenuously denied he had anything to do with Lumumba’s death, and Carlucci’s connection to the murky affair has never been proven.

Very significantly, after his government service, Frank Carlucci served as Chairman of The Carlyle Group, a hugely influential private equity firm based in Washington D.C. Among its many interests were significant investments in defense and aerospace weapons contracts.

Mark McCandlish said it was “almost certainly” Frank Carlucci who was at the air show and met up with Brad Sorenson there. As they were chatting, Carlucci, perhaps on a whim, invited Sorenson to accompany him into a special hangar for VIPs only.

I took the pains to describe the career of Frank Carlucci to show that he is exactly the kind of guy we might expect to travel in ultra-top secret, military deep black & corporate defense industry circles.

He would be among the rare individuals who have the “Keys to the Kingdom,” so to speak — that is, Carlucci was of the mega-elite who are likely to know what our government knows about UFOs and alien technology — all kept secret from the rest us lowly, unwashed taxpayers.

A guy like Carlucci might command an even higher level of security clearance than anyone in Congress or the President of the United States — partially because he could hide behind the tentacles of the Carlyle Group — a private firm not subject to government freedom of information rules or public scrutiny.

Get this: Carlucci was a close associate and former Princeton University roommate of Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush. Rumsfeld once famously said that “$2.3 trillion in Pentagon transactions cannot be accounted for” spurring a plethora of conspiracy theories about black budgets and secret off-the-books space programs.

But I want to make clear: There is no hard evidence that it was Carlucci who helped Sorenson get insider access to UFO technology — if even Sorenson was also at the Norton Air Base show, as McCandlish has claimed.

Whatever the case, Carlucci took his many dark secrets with him to his grave. He died in 2018 at age 87.


So, Brad Sorenson (probably) gets access to a Norton Air Force Base hangar (possibly thanks to Carlucci) where he sees three UFO-type craft — and they are hovering just above the floor without any visible means of suspension! No cables on top, no landing gear underneath!

Antigravity baby!

The craft were of three different sizes but otherwise identical. The smallest was 24-feet in diameter at the base. The next was 60-feet at the base. The largest one was 150-feet in diameter at the base.

Sorenson was able to learn a lot about the vehicles because this showing of the ARVs also featured a number of side exhibits, including graphic displays of the vehicles with cut-away sections that showed the interior equipment. There were even video exhibits that showed the vehicles in action, flying and zipping around in some remote desert location.

Some of the VIPs were allowed to climb some steps that led to an opening in the top of the craft so they could peer in or maybe even crawl inside. It’s uncertain if Brad Sorenson did so, but he may have because he provided an extremely detailed sketch of the interior of the Flux Liner and gave it to Mark McCandlish.

Important note: Brad Sorenson has never come forward to confirm this story. But also, as far as I know, he has also never come forward to deny anything Mark McCandlish has said in any of his public speaking engagements and radio interviews.

Another important note: McCandlish said in a 2015 radio interview that he has retained Sorenson’s sketch in his files. That would be a significant verification since an artist’s sketch is like a person’s signature. If Brad Sorenson made that sketch, it likely could be attributed to him.


Even though Sorenson had provided the gist of how the UFO Flux Liner was tricked out, McCandlish found that he still needed some key details to fill in significant gaps in the specific technological components that could bolster his blueprint as a bona fide working model of an Alien Reproduction Vehicle.

I’ll mention just a few of the most amazing resources he fleshed out:

One evening, McCandlish was listening to a Las Vegas-based radio show called the Billy Goodman Happening. On this program were three women telling Billy their story about an experience of being abducted by a UFO.

McCandlish, at the time, thought alien abduction stories were pure bunk. However, his obsession with perfecting the Flux liner illustration motivated him to call the radio station to see if he could find the women so that he could ask them if they saw anything inside the UFO they had been taken aboard — such as the “engine room.”

To make a long story short, he was able to locate the trio of abductees and they agreed to speak with McCandlish. One of them had highly vivid and specific memories of all that she saw inside the UFO during her abduction experience. That included a central pillar made of some kind of transparent material that allowed her to observe a mercury-like liquid rotating in tornado-like fashion inside the column.

This reminded McCandlish of descriptions of the Nazi Bell and the principle it worked on, which was a central column of rotating mercury surrounded by copper coils. It produced a time-altering antigravity field around the object — and so on — I’ll leave it there.

McCandlish found everything he could dig up about the purported Nazi Bell and incorporated at least the theory of how it worked. He couldn’t help but note the remarkable similarities between the alien abductees descriptions of a UFO interior and what Sorenson had provided him in his sketch.

McCandlish went still further and studied the ancient designs of the Chakra Vimana found in ancient Hindu scriptures but also in drawings on the walls of ancient temples and caves in various locations in India. “Vimana” can be translated as “flying machine.” These are sometimes depicted as UFO-like craft that the ancient Indians said were gifted to them by “gods” or other types of spiritual beings.

McCandlish found much in the Vimana depictions and translations of ancient documents to inform the design of his Flux Liner.


When McCandlish had finally completed his detailed illustration of the ARV Flux Liner, he showed it to Brad Sorenson. He said that his friend was “stunned” and deeply upset. He said to McCandlish:

“You don’t know how dangerous that illustration is. My advice to you is to rip it up, destroy it and never talk about it again.”

Of course, we know that McCandlish did just the opposite. He and his Flux Liner illustration made a big splash at the National Press Club meeting spearheaded by Dr. Greer in May 2001. He has talked about it numerous times in public lectures and in media interviews. Today, the Flux Liner illustration can be easily found all over the internet.

McCandlish reports that he was the target of serious harassment by the U.S. Government in the wake of his display at the National Press Club. The IRS suddenly began auditing him vigorously, including confiscating his car and freezing all his financial assets — he was able to get all his stuff back after proving that the IRS had acted illegally — but it devastated his life for a long period.

He also reported mysterious threatening phone calls and “clicks” heard during his phone conversations that led him to believe his calls were being monitored.

In 2015, a film called Zero Point about the Flux Liner was released on Vimeo. It was written, directed and produced by James Allen, a well-connected visual effects artist who worked on films like Johnny Mnemonic starring Keanu Reeves. Here, again, conspiracy theories flourished when James Allen died unexpectedly of a rare form of cancer just after he completed his film in 2013.

Was the suicide of Mark McCandlish related to his famous illustration of the ARV Flux Liner? That’s a hard case to make since he took his own life 20 years after the National Press Club showing and subsequent years of widespread publicity, lectures, interviews and even a film about the Flux Liner seen by many millions of viewers online.

He was 69 years old and apparently facing a number of serious health issues along with other life stresses. He may have simply decided it was time to take an exit from Planet Earth on his own terms after a life well lived.

So why do I call this story a tragedy? Because, if the Flux Liner story is true — and that seems likely — it means that our government and private corporations have been in command of antigravity technology and clean & unlimited zero-point energy for several decades, possibly since the 1950s or earlier.

As we all know, our entire lives revolve around the whims of the fossil fuel industry which has been polluting the planet, poisoning the oceans, draining our pocketbooks, producing global political instability and fomenting bloody wars that kill thousands of people decade after decade.

That’s the real tragedy.

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