@carsoffortlangley@facw Yeah, we're not the wealthiest out here, lol. It's always been a 'have not' province (i.e. one of the provinces that the federal government has to give equalization payments to)
The stockers are 3.07s and with the 0.50 6th, a lot of owners were never happy with the overall GenI/II gearing. 3.55s and 3.73s are a common upgrade for driveability. It's not really that bad stock with the V10 twist as it'll idle along in 4th gear, but it's an easy mod. The 3.07s also allowed them to set 0-60 times without shifting too...
And look at some of the airframes that came out of that era that are still in service around the world:
F-4 Phantom (not with USAF, though)
SR-71 Blackbird : Supposedly not in service. Neither is the F-117, right? 😉
AV-8B Harrier II
All amazing achievements originally designed with slide-rules and protractors !!! Insanity.