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Occurred : 8/11/2009 21:00 (Entered as : 08/11/2009 21:00)
Reported: 8/11/2009 9:19:28 PM 21:19
Posted: 8/27/2009
Location: Des Moines, IA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:30 to 45 min
Flashing and strobing object, flashing and strobing military jets, and two white lights moving above the Des Moines Iowa area.

I was noticing several jets doing strange circular patterns over Des Moines, Iowa. They were using intermittent, seemingly random, fairly bright flashing strobes of red and white. They were moving in circular patterns. The strobes would stop completely which made the jets was very hard to fallow by sight, then they would be bright again. Then I noticed a similar strobe light that was not a jet aircraft. It was flashing red and white randomly, it would move then disappear and then reappear in another part of the sky. It's direction was never constant it seemed to wonder around the sky. It seemed that the jets were trying to get close to it. Then, I noticed another smaller white light that was moving, (I thought it was a satellite at first) I then noticed another white light, the first white light proceeded to do a course change towards the second object and quick and smooth did a complete circle around this object. Both objects were white lights and m! oved away from each other and faded up into the night sky. All this happened while military jets were in the area circling. I noticed the original (not jet aircraft) flashing object move west away from the city area. The jets fallowed, I watched the sky for about a half hour then the Jets went back over quickly to the East of the Des Moines area.