B-66 "Destroyer"

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B-66 Destroyer

The B-66 was developed from the Navy’s A-3D Skywarrior. Although no prototypes were built, the A-3D was extensively redesigned to meet Air Force needs for a tactical light bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. The USAF version, first flown on 25 June 1954 as the RB-66A, proved to be extensively redesigned. This model was originally designed for all-weather night photographic reconnaissance. The first production model RB-66B was first flown on 28 June 1954.

With the reconnaissance capability deleted, the B-66B served with Tactical Air Command (TAC) as a light bomber carrying conventional or nuclear weapons. A more specialized reconnaissance version, the RB-66C first flew on 29 October 1955. It had a pressurized four-man electronic countermeasure compartment between the front and rear fuselage tanks. EB-66Bs, Cs, and Es, electronic countermeasure versions of the RB-66C, were used as protective cover for Air Force and Navy fighters against enemy surface-to-air missiles and radar-guided antiaircraft weapons during the latter part of the Vietnam conflict. Electronic equipment and two observers were carried in the fuselage, and the tail armament of two 20mm guns in a radar-controlled turret was retained.

This WB-66D was flown to Kelly AFB on 28 June 1976, from Westinghouse Corporation, Baltimore MD, where it had been used in a special project since 1969; it was the last B-66 flown.


Manufacturer: Douglas
Wing Span: 72 ft 6 in
Length: 75 ft 2 in
Height: 23 ft 7 in
Empty Weight: 43,819 lb
Gross Weight: 83,000 lb
Quantity Produced: 299
Speed: 620 mph
Power Plant: Allison J71-A-13 with two Turbojets
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