Aviation museum gets a jump start on some big projects
By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
The workers gutted the FedEx Boeing 727 to turn it into a new exhibit.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation is getting a few extra helping hands to get a jump start on some projects.
Nine members from America have been working at the Sioux City museum for the past two weeks. One of the biggest projects they are working on is the museum's biggest exhibit, the FedEx Boeing 727.
The workers gutted the old cargo plane and are helping transform it into an interactive exhibit for the museum. What would have taken several weeks for volunteers to complete, the America workers finished it in just 12 hours. They stripped off the fiberboard, took out thousands of screws, and tore out all the insulation.
""If we had to pay for that, that would have been a good chunk of money and being able to use these young people who are giving back to, not only this community, but also giving back to all the communities that they are going to be serving in the ten months, it's a major accomplishment for us to have a team like that here," says Larry Finley, the museum's executive director.
The America workers also started prepping and painting the space for the new Flight 232 display.
The museum is planning an expansion of the exhibit to mark this year's 25th anniversary of the crash at Sioux Gateway Airport. The new exhibit will include a memorial, theater, and artifacts of the crash.
The museum has started to plan for the upcoming anniversary. It will be held July 18-20.
Many of the survivors, crew members, and the captain are planning to attend.
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