Planes
N185HM (Phil Morgan)

N185HM

N185HM is a 1974 Cessna A185F that spent its first 500 hours in Canada. It was purchased in like-new condition in 1984 by Paul Mattle, who at the time was an Anchorage-based Alaska Airlines Captain. He owned it for a few years and decided to sell, and knowing that Kurt Wien was looking for a low-time, damage-free C-185, I put the two in touch. Soon Kurt was the new owner. He had the power plant converted by Bon-Air to a Continental IO-550 and also designed the current paint scheme. Our friend Jan Stroh did a lot of the interior work. I purchased it in 1995. It’s a solid airplane that has brought me many years of great experiences and entertainment. I operate it on wheels, floats and skis, depending on the season.


 
N185KA (Greg Fischer)

N185KA

N185KA is a 1979 Cessna 185F. It has been upgraded to an IO550 with an 88” 3-blade McCauley prop; a power plant combination that serves well when flying heavy loads on skis or floats. It has an 88 gallon wet wing configuration and, when flowing for economy, has tremendous range, which makes Alaska flying so much more enjoyable. The back seat is easily removable thus providing a very dynamic load-hauling platform. 5KA flies on Aerocet 3500s, LH4000 wheel skis and Gar Aero tundra tires.


 
N185KG (Jerry Wortley)

N185KG

N180KG is a 1961 Cessna 180 with an O470-R, Tanis pre heat, extended flat floor baggage, Sportsman STOL & Pponk gear box mod. It was completely rebuilt in 1993 where they added a 3rd window, I guess to make it look like a newer model. I bought N180KG in Connecticut in 2003, however it had spent most of its previous life in Alaska. I operate on Schnieder 4000 wheel penetration skis in winter, EDO 2870's in the summer and wheels in between.


 
N211TC (Bill Mayer)

N211TC

N211TC is a 1968 185E. The original owner whose birthday was 2/11 and initials were TC bought the plane from the factory in 1968 and equipped it with almost every electronic gadget available. When it arrived in Alaska for sale in 1986 it had dual ADFs, dual King Navcoms dual ILS's, RNAV, a radar altimeter, and connections for an LF antennae. I bought the plane in 1986 with 800 hours on the original engine on 2790 amphib floats. Over the past 21 years the electronics have been upgraded with a Garmin 430W Navcom/GPS, a 296 Garmin GPS, a backup ICOM com (which I now use as my primary radio), an STEC autopilot and a single ADF, a six cylinder EGT/CHT and an electronic tach. The interior has an extended baggage allowing me to sleep comfortably in the plane, and Atlee Dodge fold up rear seats. The plane has extended wingtips increasing the gross weight, a MASA STOL kit, and Monarch accessory fuel tanks((98 gallons usable). In the summer the plane is on Whipline 3730 amphibs and in the winter on 3600 Fluidyne wheel skis. Then battery has been moved to the engine compartment. The engine has been replaced or rebuilt several times most recently with a local Alsworth rebuild 4 years ago and now has approximately 800 hours. It is easily the smoothest running engine I have ever had. 211TC is a joy to fly !


 
N2550Z (Bruce Moroney)

N2550Z


 
N2550Z (Diane Moroney)

N2550Z


 
N2743X (Wes Erb)

N2743X

N2743X is a 1965 C-180H with a Texas Skyways O-520 engine, Sportsman STOL kit with ART wing extensions, 6 place cabin with extended baggage, and Atlee Dodge rear folding seats. It sports Schneider 4000 wheel penetration skis in winter, EDO 2870 floats in summer, and GarAero bushwheels in between. 43X’s first flight out of the Cessna factory in 1965 was to Bettles, Alaska where it worked for the Bettles Lodge. After 2 years, it was bought by Wein Air captain, Doug Millard, who meticulously cared for her until 2006. She cruises at 150 mph on wheels at 13 gph with a useful load of almost 1200 lbs.


 
N2885C (Udo Cassee)

N2885C

N2885C is a 1954 Cessna C170B I owned since late 2002. It already came with most of the needed AK-mods like the 160HP O320 with constant speed prop (Nice!). Since I owned it I have added the VG's and recently the sportsman STOL cuff to make it the most useful for IAF flying. 85C sits on 29" Bushwheels in the summer and GLH3000 wheelskis in the winter.


 
N29061 (Mike Swalling)

N29061

N29061 is a 1968 206 that has seen service from Baltimore to Western Alaska. It’s been carefully restored of the last 25 years with a new engine, interior and finally a new paint job in 2007.


 
N2975C (Danny Davidson)

N2975C

This is a 54 model 180 with an R motor, Leading edge exhaust, 4000 fly-light wheel ski's a Terry Smith fuel and baggage pod. This is a GCI approach into Ruby with Wes on the ground and Danny at the controls


 
N3248S (Glen Hanson)

N3248S

3428S is a 1964 Cessna 182G with 2700 hours, mostly Alaskan. It was piloted to Provideniya Russia on the first US civilian freedom flight after the cold war had ended. The aircraft has a full IFR panel with Dual Comms, VOR, ADF, intercom and combination Trimble GPS/Loran. It is powered by a carbureted Continental 235 HP 047R with 1400 Hours on the lower end and 100 on the cylinders. The Interior panels have recently been rejuvenated and a new headliner installed. The standard Cessna rear seat has been replaced with F Attlee Dodge removable/foldable rear seats, the first actual installation in a late model 182. Oversized 850X6 tires are installed on the mains and an 8.00 on the nose wheel. The nose wheel was converted using the larger fork provided by Landis Engineering.


 
N3284D (Ed Kornfield)

N3284D

84 Delta began its Alaskan adventure in the mid 60’s. The 1955 Cessna 180 was then shared by a small group of long time Alaskan families. Over the decades of making memories, 84 Delta changed colors and paint schemes several times to modernize the “Old Gal”. Her engine was upgraded to a Continental O-470-K, Landes L-3000 skis and EDO 2870 floats were added, modern avionics were installed, the interior fabric redone, Atlee Dodge fold-up seats were installed, the baggage compartment extended 3 feet, a new instrument panel was fabricated and fitted with modern instruments and the battery was replaced with a small sealed unit and moved to the firewall. For increased safety, a BAS inertia reel shoulder harness system was installed for the front seat passengers. The airplane is a joy to fly and unusually quiet.

84 Delta’s participation in the Iditarod is dedicated to the memory of Tom Wardeigh and Ginny Hyatt, two of the previous owners, whose dedication to Alaskan Aviation Safety is legendary.


 
N3311D (Joe Pendergrass)

N3311D

My plane is a 1955 Cessna 180. It has paint so fresh you can still smell it and is a candidate for the prettiest plane in the IAF. It has an 0470 S engine which is from a 1976 year model Cessna. It has a "Sportsman" STOL kit, 11D also has a "Leading Edge" exhaust system and a "Reiff" band heater installed. It has a four place intercom with a stereo jack, Atlee Dodge jump seats, Fly Lite 3000 hydraulic wheel skis, and pull handles. I use a Garmin 182C GPS and a Tomorrow 104 Loran. It also has a KX 155 radio and a transponder with mode C. I carry two handheld radios as back-up along with other appropriate emergency gear. It also has an extended baggage compartment, an alternator conversion kit and a dry cell battery mounted on the firewall. It's actually a 6 dog power engine.


 
N5298E (Russ Dunlap)

N5298E

My Cessna 180 is a 1959 model which I have owned for the last ten years. I run Federal 3200 hydraulic wheel skis and a tail ski. The motor is the original Continental 0-470k with an 88inch seaplane propeller. Over the years I've done quite a few mods including extended baggage area, battery on the Firewall, new instrument panel and a new interior. Its an absolute joy to fly. My plane still has the stock Cessna wing which I hope to modify this winter with a Sportsman cuff.


 
N66037 (Jim Kintz)

N66037

The plane was first bought by an owner in Bogotá Columbia. It came new from the factory with 17 hours. of fuel on board (long range). I suspect it was confiscated by DEA. I've made 7 trips to the lower 48, Phoenix and Baja were some of the places I visited. My 180 is on the third engine and I have straight Skis. This is the hardest flying plane on the Iditarod (says Jim).


 
N70195 (Erin Marston)

N70195


 
N70712 (Scott Ivany)

N70712

N70712 is a 1976 Cessna A185F Ag Carryall. It left the factory June 30, 1976 and was promptly wrecked 9 days later in Jennie, Arkansas. It started life in Arkansas, Mississippi and Colorado spraying crops for approximately 5 years and was registered as N21463. In 1981 she was sold and made her way to Alaska where she was promptly seized for unknown reasons. It was not flown for several years, presumably due to court proceedings and was turned over to the Alaska State Troopers in 1985. It immediately went through a thorough inspection, received new paint and new registration number N70712. It was flown by the Alaska State Troopers from 1985 – 2001. In 2002 it was sold by auction to a local man who sold 712 to me in March of 2012. Her list of modifications includes a large 88” three blade McCauley propeller, extended wings, Micro dynamics vortex generators, Sportsman STOL kit, sky lights, Odessy firewall battery, Reiff engine heater, monarch fiberglass fuel tanks, extended baggage with lowered floor, 406 ELT, Blue Mountian EFIS, Garmin 430, Garmin 296, pfleugers instrument panel, Atlee Dodge folding rear seats and more. It has an impressive useful load of over 1500#. It received new paint and interior in 2005 and the scheme nearly matches the troopers. It is amazing how fast the fishing hole clears out when you circle a few times before landing! During the winter it is equipped with Airglas LH4000 wheels ski’s, 26” Alaska Bushwheels in the shoulder seasons and Aerocet 3500L’s from May through September. N70712 is the perfect vehicle to explore this great state we live in!


 
N820AK (Monte Mabry)

N820AK

N820AK was built in late 1977 and Monte has been the owner for 20 years. This Cessna 180 is a “K” model which was the last model 180 that Cessna ever built. The airplane arrived in Alaska brand new and came factory equipped for float and ski installation. N820AK is winter outfitted with Federal model 3200 hydraulic wheel skis (which manually retract under the 8:00X6 tires) and a Federal model 3000 penetration tail ski. In the summer the wheel and ski gear is swapped for EDO model 2960 floats. N820AK is equipped with the original (but remanufactured) Continental O-470U engine which turns a 90 inch diameter controllable-pitch Seaplane propeller. The engine is preheated in the winter with a thermostat controlled 650w “Little Big Heat” fan-heater placed in the engine compartment and if electricity is not available the engine can be preheated using a camp stove carried which is carried in the extended baggage compartment. The fuel bladders in the wings hold up to 84 gallons of 100LL aviation fuel. The airplane has two NavCom radios and is certified to fly on instruments. Now days navigation is almost always by satellite GPS. The plane cruises at around 160 MPH on tires and about 145 MPH when the wheel-skis are installed. Certified useful load for N820AK is 1410 pounds on wheels.


 
N91393(OE)

N91393


 
N9528B (John Norris)

N9528B

N9528B S/N 32825 A Cessna 180 A tail dragger / float plane 4 place aircraft was ordered by the Hughes Tool Co. and manufactured in the Cessna manufacturing plant in Wichita , Kansas during the first week of March 1957. On March 7th, a Thursday, 28B (9528B) was test flown. Immediately after its successful inaugural flight 28B was mounted with a set of EDO 2870 floats and painted with the Hughes Tool Company colors: ivory, grey and gold. Jerry C Wade A&E 1037773 painted and installed the floats and would do most all maintenance to N9528B during its time with Hughes Tool Co. 28B would spend the next 8 years in New Iberia , Louisiana making its living as a corporate floatplane for the Hughes Tool Co. It is unclear if Howard Hughes Jr. ever flew 28B. N9528B was purchased by Modern Furniture Co. in Elizabethton , Tenn. In 1965 where it remained in service as a floatplane until being purchased by Fay Short of Bethel Alaska in 1985. Mr. Short used it as his personal aircraft where it remained on floats until bringing it to Anchorage to sell in 1989. By this time 28B was in need of lots of TLC with a worn out engine, prop, interior. It was in the fall of 1989 that I came across 28B sitting along the shores of Lake Hood in Anchorage AK with a “for sale” sign stuck to its window where I envisioned an aircraft with a rich history needing a new home and many more stories to be made. After the purchase was made N9528B made one 4-minute flight to Merrill Field where it was immediately disassembled. The engine was removed, wings, tail surfaces, windows, interior, everything that could be removed was. When it was stripped down to a shell, all the old paint and primer was then removed bringing it back to its original bright aluminum surface. From this point on and for the next 6 months the rebuild process took place with many hundreds of hours of work rebuilding the engine, control surfaces, cables, radio equipment, fuel tanks, tail surfaces, interior, pulleys, rivets, controls, windows, etching, priming, painting, stripes, decals, seat belts, tie downs, engine mounts and accessories. By the time we were done I knew N9528B inside and out and 28B needed a name, I choose Alaska Traveler which seem to fit very well. To handle winter conditions 28B was fitted with skis and strong gear that allows it to land and take off in snow. The engine also has a special electrical plug that when plugged in heats the engine compartment and battery. Even with the outside temperatures at –40 degrees below zero the engine stays a balmy 98 degrees F. Special insulation and engine covers help to retain this heat during the night keeping it warm for an early morning departure. Because of the lack of fuel stops along the way 28B has extended range fuel tanks that on wheels can take it up to a 950 miles with out stopping for fuel. Many times 28B will take cargo or repair parts for a U-Haul customer stranded along the highway. To accommodate these parts the seats come out quickly and are replaced with special tie down hooks and cargo nets to keep every thing in its place when the winds kick up making for a bouncy ride. N9528B spends its winter life on skis and summers on floats taking many large loads and hauling people to many different places. To help it do all this 28B has a large engine that is fuel injected putting out over 300 Horse Power. Attached to the engine is a large 86 inch 3 bladed propeller to pull it up and out of the water and over the mountains when needed. To increase the weight that can be put into 28B, 36 inches were added to the wing tips to increase its gross weight up to 2950 pounds. Giving it the capabilities to carry in excess of a 1000 pounds of fuel, people and gear while on wheels. The weather in Alaska and Yukon can change very quickly making navigation difficult. For this reason 28B is IFR (instrument flight certified) certified and its pilot kept current to help get me back out of bad weather and to my destination.


 
N9541B (Greg Miller)

N9541B

It's a 1957 with a P-Ponk conversion (O-520), so it's fairly fast for a 180. I keep wishing for a three-bladed prop for Christmas...


 
N9640B (Bert Hanson)

N9640B

N9640B is a 1957 Cessna 180A with a Continental O-470K engine and a factory float kit. It has approximately 3300 hours total time on the airframe, of which all but about 250 hours are Alaska time. I recently installed the Attlee Dodge rear jump seats and ski fittings and am in the process of installing the Schneider 4000-19 wheel skis and tail ski. I am continuing to update this aircraft and engine with the install of new cylinders, new magnetos, overhauled starter drive unit, new oil filter installation, a Garmin external GPS antenna to fit the Garmin 296. A Sportsman STOL kit and new updated instrument panel and instruments are slated for install this summer. This aircraft is well suited for flying in Alaska and is a wonderful workhorse for flying the Iditarod.