Pope John Paul's visit to Des Moines, Ia. October 4th, 1979

More than 300,000 people gathered for the arrival and Mass at Living History Farm
and St. Patrick’s Church at Irish Settlement in Madison County

pope in Iowa

Jet arrives and is parked on Iowa National Guard ramp at the airport
His Jet is the one with the red carpet near the center of photo

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Large crowd at Mass at Living History Farms

 

Hundreds of buses parked on the Interstate 35/80 - Interstate was closed and turned into parking ramp for the pope's visit

You can see the helicopters if you click on photo - church is on the left side of picture

 

Pope John Paul II also visited St. Patrick’s Church at Irish Settlement in Madison County
Notice Green carpet at Irish Settlement in close-up

Parking

 

I was the only airplane that was allowed to fly over everything that day.
I flew over 10 hours with policeman and Iowa Department of Transportation person as passengers. I was reporting the whole event on WHO radio