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With the increasing use of digital cameras we are seeing more photos showing alleged 'UFOs' - many of these could be insects, cloud shapes etc. As many readers have asked to see the photos I will be using some of them and leaving it up to the individual to make up their own mind - John @ UFOINFO.

August 18th 2006 : Des Moines, Iowa

Des Moines, Iowa A Huge Rectangular Shape Spinning

Date: August 18, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Rectangular

Full Description of event/sighting: Hi Brian - I always read your reports on - never thought I'd actually be submitting one. This sighting happened on Friday, August 18th, 2006 near Des Moines, IA. I was visiting a buddy in Iowa and we were just leaving a restaurant after having lunch. I'm guessing on the actual time, but I would say it was right around 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. We walked outside to the parking lot, and, as I was about to hop into the passenger side of his truck, I happened to look up to see a huge rectangular shape spinning in the sky. It's kind of hard to describe, so bear with me. Like I said, it was rectangular and it had very rounded edges - it looked soft - and it was rotating steadily as it ascended. I would guess it was roughly 1,000 feet up when I first noticed it. It was black/dark gray in color. The best way to describe it is: it looked like an inflatable mattress filled up with helium, but a lot bigger. If I had to guess the size of this thing, I would say it was thirty feet on it's longest side and about five feet in height. I don't know if anyone else in the parking lot saw this thing or not.

My first thought was 'this is a prank,' because it looked so soft. I wondered if it was a balloon of some sort that got away. The Iowa State Fair was going on at the time, so that might have something to do with it. I don't live in Iowa, so there might be a perfectly rational explanation for this sighting that I haven't heard about - a weather balloon or whatever. If so, no harm done, but if not - I would be interested to know if anyone else saw this beside my buddy and me. I tried to take pictures with my camera phone, but the glare of shooting into a blue sky made it impossible to locate in my phone's viewfinder. The 'soft rectangle' ascended steadily for a good five minutes, rotating the entire time. We followed along in my friend's truck until it got so high I lost sight of it. There was no noise, and it was a mild, partly cloudy day. Thanks for running a great site - I hope to hear back from you.

Thank you to the witness for the report.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research