Russ - Two things about you gratify me: A - If you flew Thunderjets in Korea, you are obviously older than me, and... B - you are none-the-less still a superb photographer. I love your web site and the way you see the world around you! You obviously don't waste any time on test targets and brick walls.
I never acquired the D3. While I was using my D200 and considering the D3 (I'm not really an impulsive person nor one who has to have the latest version of anything) the D700 came along, and the "two for the price of one" captured my imagination!