Published: 3:42 AM 9/30/2013
Des Moines, Iowa - 09-29-13
At LATITUDE: 41.678801, LONGITUDE: -93.6296, looking SW.to approximately LATITUDE: 41.59204, LONGITUDE: -93.804223 on Sunday Sept 29, at 12:45 PM two of us observed an object appearing similar to a large airplane, as it was cylindrical, but shaped slightly at the nose and having a rear tail section very similar to what you see on Pilot Whales as they feed and/or show off for the camera.
What was most striking was an apparent lack of wings and fact that at approx. 5-7 miles away was a minimum of 16" wide/long at armís length and was going right over top of what Iím sure was residential areas in and around WDM.
I have seen the Hercules up close and flew in C-141 Aircraft in the military and can say that this object was 5x larger than any C-141 Iíve seen going to and from Des Moines International Airport.
I called and spoke with the duty officer at Des Moines. I asked if they had just had a monster of an aircraft land at the AP; he indicated not to his knowledge and that he would know.
After I explained what I saw and asked about their ever being the "Super Transport" at the aiport, he indicated that they do occasionally get the Hercules, in the event "the President and company" come to town as they "carry in special vehicles etc..." and that the Air Guard handles all those flights and is not required to share the info with the City AP.
So, in the event we actually observed something like the C-17 Globemaster at that distance the atmospheric conditions had to be perfect to translate into the size of craft we observed.
Iím more than willing to accept that conclusion, but the size of the thing seems to preclude the DSM INTL AP from having adequate space for a landing.
The craft had to have been (assuming our guess on overland distance and height correct.) several hundred feet long (700-1000ft). I canít say for an absolute it wasnít some Super Transport, but the two of us seem to think it was not!