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.