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May 1st, 2009

Troopers Transport Anti-Virals to Clinton and Des Moines Counties

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Written by: Craig Robinson

iowaspThe Iowa Republican has learned from an eye witness that five state troopers were seen loading boxes into a small plane at the Ankeny Airport just after 11 a.m. this morning.

The plane’s tail number is N9758H. The FAA registry shows that the plane is Cessna 182R fixed wing single engine plane. The FAA registry shows that the plane is owned by the state of Iowa.

This is a small plane that only seats three to four people. According to the Cessna website, the plane has a range of 1070 miles. The Ankeny airport is located 22 miles south of the USDA labs in Ames, Iowa.

Knowing that the plane only has a short range, it is unlikely that this plane transporting flu samples to the CDC labs in Atlanta. The Iowa Republican’s eye witness said that his pilot told him that the State Troopers would not tell the appropriate people what was going on. The said it was, “Top secret.” The pilot also believed that the state plane was headed to Clinton.

Update: The Department of Public Health just called The Iowa Republican. They confirmed that the plane was transporting anti-viral medication to Clinton and Des Moines Counties. They also said that the State Patrol is being used to make sure the anti-viral drugs are transferred securely and arrive at their intended destinations safely.

Check back for updates on this story.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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