Patrick and Kimberly Sealey own a beautiful 1950 Mercury Convertible. The car was one of 8,341 produced in 1950. For the original sale price of $3,400, the Mercury Convertible came with a V-8 110 horsepower engine. The vehicle also came with power windows and seats. Their Mercury was not always in such excellent condition. The restoration process took Ronald Sealey, from Sealey Body Shop, four years to do a complete frame off restoration.
A Honda CB500T motorcycle was purchased by Rick and Rosemary Alter brand new in 1976. Rick said this motorcycle has a powerful 498cc engine with a 5-speed transmission made for going fast. Instead of focusing on different aspects of the bike, Cycle World Magazine in 1975 wrote, “It is long enough to carry a briefcase or a passenger without crowding the rider. And the padding is soft enough for comfort. Believe us, without this seat you couldn't ride a 500T very far and get off smiling.” Over the years, the CB500T accumulated minor wear and tear. Rick had the gas tank and the covers painted. He also had the seat cover redone to finish the bike’s restoration.
In November, the Veterans Day celebration took place at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation.The day was organized by Trisha Theisen started with coffee and donuts and a brief walk around the museum.Veterans were able to socialize and share war stories with one another as they awaited the arrival of the Freedom Riders. Once they arrived, the Color Guard from the 185th presented the colors. The honorary guests were then introduced, and Kyle Fisher from the 185th gave his speech. Carey Anderson also played Taps in the Veterans Day celebration.
The Mid America Museum of Aviation & Transportation hosted Fall Fest and its activities that had the whole family enjoying themselves. Fall Fest is organized each year by Anne Westra, Marketing Director & Economic Developer of the City of Sioux City. The museum's main event was the kid’s quest scavenger hunt. The first twenty-five kids that finished the hunt got to take home a prize. Other activities included, watching the Disney movie Planes in a first class seating theatre, interactive exhibits, a photo booth, dress up gear, paper crafts, and the children were able to get into the Graflight airplane. Overall it was a great way to kick off the fall season and have fun at the Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation.
David Kaplan’s 1983 DeLorean was the center of attention this past October due to the Hollywood blockbuster Back to the Future II. In the movie, Doc and Marty travel forward in time to October 21, 2015 in a DeLorean. Reporters from around the area came down to the museum to get a story for what is now known as “Back to the Future Day.”