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Air Museum prepares for big fundraiser

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The Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation will be restoring the inside of this plane and making it into a museum exhibit. The Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation will be restoring the inside of this plane and making it into a museum exhibit.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The Mid America Museum of Transportation and Aviation is getting ready to make a big change to its exhibits.

A Boeing 727, which the museum got from FedEx after it was retired from service, will be restored and turned into a massive exhibit. The plane used to be a commercial jet before FedEx converted it into a cargo plane. Museum officials hope that the jet can help jump-start the museum's business.

"The exciting part is probably working towards getting the airplane done. The other part, probably even more exciting is to see the faces of the kids that will be able to come through here and learn about ground transportation and aviation," said Larry Finley, executive director of the Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation.

Museum officials say the price tag for the changes is about $100,000. That would pay for electrical work inside the airplane, set up an air conditioning system, and put a video screen in the back of the airplane.

The museum hopes to raise money with vintage aircraft days, where guests can come to the museum and see some old aircraft up close. They also have a number of smaller events planned.

Officials say the sooner those funds are raised the better, because it'll be worth it

"We feel that it's going to be a major attraction for Sioux City. We want to tie in with the other tourist entities here in Sioux City to make Sioux City a destination," said Finley.

The museum is also hoping to complete restoration of a Flight 232 Memorial inside the museum. They'll be easing into that work as well, as they raise funds.

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