DOUGLAS WB-66D "DESTROYER"

Douglas WB-66D "Destroyer" The B-66 was developed from the Navy A3D Skywarrior for USAF-use as a tactical light bomber and photo reconnaissance aircraft.  The RB-66A, one of the first five of these reconnaissance aircraft ordered as prototypes, was the first to fly on 28 June 1954.  B-66s became operational in 1956; production ended in 1958.  The RB-66B recon version was the first production series and totaled 155 of the 294 B-66s built.

The B-66 was the last tactical bomber built for the USAF, and only the B-66B was designated exclusively as a bomber.  Others served as tactical reconnaissance aircraft, while the final version, the WB-66D (of which 36 were built) was designated for electronic weather reconnaissance.  Some B-66s were modified for service in Vietnam as electronic countermeasures aircraft to confuse enemy radar defenses.

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center acquired world-wide logistics responsibility for all B-66s in 1954 until all were retired in 1970. The WB-66D on display was last assigned to the 363rd Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw AFB, South Carolina in 1957 and retired from the 363rd in 1965. It was acquired by the Museum of Aviation in 1985.

 

SPECIFICATIONS:
Span 72 feet 6 inches
Length 75 feet 2 inches
Height 23 feet 7 inches
Weight 91,000 lbs max
Armament Two 20mm cannon in tail, 8,044 lbs of photo flash bombs
Engines Two Allison J71s of 10,200 lbs thrust each
Cost $2,334,000
Serial Number 55-392
   
PERFORMANCE  
Maximum speed 585 mph
Cruising speed 525 mph
Range 1,800 miles
Service ceiling 43,000 feet

 

 

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