Douglas B-66 Destroyer
1952
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Douglas B-66 Destroyer

US Air Force involvement in the Korean War highlighted an urgent need for a high performance day/night tactical bomber. To speed the availability of such an aircraft it was planned to procure a land-based version of the A3D Skywarrior then being developed for the US Navy. To this end Douglas was given a contract for five pre-production Douglas RB-66A all-weather/night photo-reconnaissance aircraft, the first of which was flown on 28 June 1954 at the Long Beach plant. Although retaining the basic overall configuration of the A3D Skywarrior, the USAF's RB-66A Destroyer dispensed with the arrester gear, strengthened landing gear and wing-folding of the naval version; it introduced aerodynamic changes in the wing design, revised accommodation for the three-man crew who were provided with ejection seats, and detail changes in equipment, including a multiple-camera installation and the provision of bombing and navigation radar. Power for this initial version was provided by two 4341kg thrust Allison YJ71-A-9 turbojets. Successful testing of the RB-66As led to a contract for the first production version, the RB-66B powered by 4627kg thrust Allison J71-A-11s or J71-A-13s. The first of 145 RB-66Bs was flown in March 1955 and deliveries to the USAF began on 1 February 1956.

Production versions included also the B-66B bomber (72 built), which had the same powerplant as the RB-66B and could carry up to 6804kg of bombs in place of reconnaissance equipment; the RB-66C (36 built), which was an electronic reconnaissance and ECM-aircraft with J71-A-11 or J71-A-13 turbojets and a crew of seven including five specialist radar operators, four of them accommodated in what had initially been the bomb bay; and the WB-66D (36 built) combat-area weather reconnaissance aircraft with J71-A-13 engines and a crew of five (two plus equipment in the bomb bay).

ECM versions of the B-66/RB-66 proved of great value during operations in Vietnam, locating, classifying and jamming enemy radars, but withdrawal of US forces from Southeast Asia brought retirement of these aircraft.

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Douglas B-66 DestroyerA three-view drawing (1000 x 567)


Specification 
 MODELRB-66B
 ENGINE2 x Allison J71-A-11 or J71-A-13 turbojets, 4627kg each
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight37648 kg83000 lb
    Empty weight19720 kg43475 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan22.1 m73 ft 6 in
    Length22.9 m75 ft 2 in
    Height7.19 m24 ft 7 in
    Wing area72.46 m2779.95 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed1015 km/h631 mph
    Cruise speed845 km/h525 mph
    Ceiling11855 m38900 ft
    Range3000 km1864 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 20mm rear-firing cannon

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Scott Andrichak, 18.11.2014

Hello Heroes,

I just learned my father, Stephen J. Andrichak, flew the B66 as an EWO in Vietnam. He told my mother he was flying supplies from Tachikawa AFB in Japan. We were there from 1960-1965.

I would love to hear from anyone who knew my father, as he passed when I was very young. I know less than my mother about his missions.

He also flew in the Korean War.

Call anytime to 941-623-9391, or email at scott_andrichak@yahoo.com

Thank you and God Bless you all for defending our freedom.

Scott Andrichak
Florida, USA

Robert M. Johnson, 25.09.2014

It is my understanding that the B66 did not have a co-pilot. Sure would like to get the straight stuff! Anybody?
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don gilliard, 20.08.2014

I was looking at the old eb66 .I was stationed at Takhli.worked test cell on the J71.went to school at shaw befor i went over.my memory is a little off that long ago.can anyone help me out on the location of things on base?

William R. "Tex" Summers, 22.06.2014

RB-66B Aircraft Mechanic Shaw AFB 4415th CCTS 1957-1960 Flew many missions as flight engineer in gunner's seat ($55 bucks monthly flight pay). Some of my squadron's planes came back from the '58 Lebanon flap with rifle bullet holes in them. One of our birds went down in the Atlantic near Bermuda on the way over. Pilot and Navigator were picked up by a fishing boat. Sadly the gunner was never found. I was
A/2c Crew Chief of TWO 66's last months of my 4-year enlistment. Frozen career field ??? I thought the 66's were fazing out then but now learn they cruised on a while longer. I didn't. Line Chief was sergeant Zane Allen. Tessaro, Jenschke, West, Knapp, Young, any of you pushing 80 guys still around? Did you stop telling folks you flew the "heavies" because no one ever heard of a B-66? Glad to find this nice '66 site. Tex

jim murphy 60/13/14, 13.06.2014

I was an assist c/c with the 9th trs 1958 to 1962 t/sg shire
was the flight chief ,I think M/sgt Madigon was the line chief. I went tdy to England, mendenhall or Chelveston I've been to both. S/sgt francis was my c/c the best I can remember. I stayed out for 15 years and Mc entire ang in
columbia sc >I met a SC girl at Carolina skating rink got married and settled down ( 55 years now) I've been around the world 2 weeks at a time 6 mo i saudia for 6 mo.80
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jim murphy 60/13/14, 13.06.2014

I was an assist c/c with the 9th trs 1958 to 1962 t/sg shire
was the flight chief ,I think M/sgt Madigon was the line chief. I went tdy to England, mendenhall or Chelveston I've been to both. S/sgt francis was my c/c the best I can remember. I stayed out for 15 years and Mc entire ang in
columbia sc >I met a SC girl at Carolina skating rink got married and settled down ( 55 years now) I've been around the world 2 weeks at a time 6 mo i saudia for 6 mo.80
1 8o3 408 1432

Jerry Forbes, 27.04.2014

Stationed at Shaw AFB, SC in 1956 as a Gunner. Transferred to Spangdalhem AFB, Germany from 1958 to 1962 with the B-66, but was grounded due to loss of hearing. The J-71's were really loud and high pitched. I loved every minute I flew in the aircraft.

bruce clark, 25.04.2014

I was stationed at RAF station sculthorpe with three squadrons of B66B and one squadron of KB50J tankers as an avionics instrument tech. in 1958 thru 1962 then transferred to Shaw AFB to work on the rb/ecmb66b

Britt Brown, 25.02.2014

My uncle was the test pilot for Douglas and flew every single one that was produced.

George Daigneault, 17.02.2014

My first assignment was at Toul Rosiers , France.I was a jet engine mechanic on this bird.I was their from 64 to 66 until the French kicked us out. I left their for assignment to Tan Son Nhut A.F.B. in Viet Nam. We were in the process of converting over to RF4C. I was their when we lost one of our aircraft over East Germany. I was also their when we held an air show for the locals.It was hard work keeping them flying. They would use up the whole runway for take off. As an engine man I think they were way under powered.

Farley Wayne Stallard, 28.01.2014

Worked on the radar rb-66 1957-1960 10th A&E in Spangdahlem and then in Alconbury England. First thing in Germany was, "we are getting a new bird and want you to build a radar mock-up". Ok what's a mock up? Hell I don't know. Here is a book and have it built before we get the bird. Thanks, 1st Lt. I learned real fast what a radar mock up was. I never wanted to wire up another mock up but that bird had 2 radar systems. I got the hardware and plugged everything in and now for the smoke test. 1st Lt. would you like the honors? Hell no, airman you turn it on. Turned it on and no smoke but the florescent light bulbs were acting kinda funny when the antenna came around. Hell I was transmitting inside the shop. Next thing the Lt. wanted was an operation manual. He said he wanted it so the operators (officers) could use it to operate the system and if he had to ask a question I would have to rewrite it and start all over. After 27 rewrites he could got through it without asking any questions. I guess I wrote the first book of "How to operate the radar systems in the rb-66 for dummies". Never had to work on the flight line. The shop was always warm in the winter and cool in the summers.

Ray Ismail, 29.11.2013

I was stationed at Spangdahlem in the 1st TRS from 54 to 58 and was an instrument specialist on the Rb26,T33,Rb57A/B,and RB 66. Loved working on the 66 the most.

H. Mike "Willie" Williams, 11.11.2013

I was a Crew Chief on EB-66-E tail # 54-546 from 69 to Oct of 72 at Shaw AFB in South Carolina. Was sent TDY to Korat RTAFB twice for a few months each in 71 and 72. I was on flying status all of those years and have great memories of cross country weekend flights back to Calif. to visit my girl friend. The times I spent at Korat RTAFB were special memories. We took aircraft over to Korat and brought back those needing special maint. I remember once having landed at Hickam Field being hand cuffed to the lt. main gear in Hawaii when the dogs found hash under the flooring of the crawl way. That unit always had a bad smell. The dogs went crazy when they got to it. The entire space was packed with it, it looked like it had been there for years(so rotten).The air police didn't know what to do with us, we were questioned for hours. When I offered a solution to their problem -that who ever put it in there must have intended to transfer back to Shaw to retrieve it, and apparently did not. They asked if I was going to Shaw... I said "we're all going to Shaw", I became the focus of the "investigation" if you can call it that. They finally confiscated the dope and let us go.
I remember those years and the great people I worked with like they were yesterday. If Sgt's. D'Anella,Gary Moser, Beecher,Bowen ,Gabbota ,or Somers should read this, we at guard1234@hotmail.com I hope you and your families are all well, you have to be really old farts by now.

Richard Bogan, 09.11.2013

I was a jet engine mechanic at RAF Alconbury 1962 1964. Worked my tail off keeping them flying. Good memories

FREDERICK STEVENS, 16.08.2013

I WAS A DRAFTSMAN IN THE STRUCTURE DESIGN GROUP, AT DOUGLAS, FROM 1952 TILL 1959. WAS LAID OFF AND RETURNED TO LONG BEACH IN 1965. STAYED THERE UNTILL I RETIRED IN 1994.
WORKED ON ALL OF THE "66"SERIES A/C. WAS INCHARGE OF REPAIRS OF THE ONE AT "EDDIE" WHEN THAT SHOT IN THE MOVIE "TOWARDS THE UNKNOWN" WAS MADE. IT WAS A "PULLBACK" SHOT LOOKING THRU THE ENGINE NOSE CONE.
AS THEY WERE PULLING BACK THEY BUMPED INTO A DRIP CAN WE HAD HANGING ON THE HYDRAULIC HOSE THAT WAS DISCONNECTED.
SPILLED RED "SKYDRAUL" ALOVER A WHITE JACKET THE CAMERAMAN WAS WEARING. MAN WAS HE MAD.
HAD A GREAT TIME WORKING FOR DOUGLAS ON THE RB66A.RB66B,B66B.C133A, C133B,DC8,ALL OF THE DIFERENT DC9's AND THE C17. I ALSO DID A COUPLE OF JOBS ON THE C124 AND C74.
I MANAGED TO GET A RIDE IN A B66 WITH "PEANUTS" WHILE HE WAS ONE TO THE TEST PILOTS. GOT MY "MACH BOUSTER" ON THAT ONE.
BY THE WAY. THE ONE YOUR DAD WORKED ON THAT WAS SO "HUSH HUSH" COULD HAVE BEEN THE ONE THAT THEY INSTALLED "LEAD CURTONS IN THE COCKPIT" TO PROTEST THE CREW FROM RADIATION WHEN THE FLEW THROUGH A ATOMIC BOMB CLOWED OUT IN THE "MARSHALL ISLAND ATOMIC TESTS".
IT WAS A GREAT 36 YEARS.
I THINK I KNEW MARK BORGATTA'S DAD.

Hans van Meerloo, 01.07.2013

On the 6.6.66 one of the Chambleys' B-66 made a visit to Leeuwarden AB in the Netherlands. Then a F-104G fighterfield. Was it just a coincidence or was it some kind of farewell visit?
We had here,as far as I can remember, once in 1964 an emergency landing (birdhit)of another B-66.
Is there anybody who can provide some more info?
Thank you anyway.

cole fleming, 14.06.2013

Tony. As a crew chief at Shaw Air Force Base I had several opportunities a flight with your father a a crew chief I got fly with your father on several test flights what a great pilot the man could fly b66 blindfolded great man. Yes he was Mr b66.
What a great man a very glad to have met him and fly with him

richard thompson, 13.05.2013

stationed at shaw in the mid 60s. our group, 4411fms, had the honor of towing a b-66 from shaw to sumter county tech school. towed it in one day right down the main highway. took all day. went back next day and mounted on concrete. still have picture of going through the town with a b-66. made quite a show.

Bart, 04.03.2013

Was in Spangdahlem working on B-66's when I witnessed Raz and Stevens in the shower together. Always kept that secret till now.

Richard Clark, 20.02.2013

I was Airman 1st class assigned to work on k5 Radar system from june 56 to June58 got to go on flights when it requird a K5 tech to isolate in flight Problems.Also met aircraft after return fligts along with crew chief who would meet with Pilot and I with navagater verify with any problems if any. This did end up being a problem as my hearing was effected. As the planes taxed in they would be scraeming and I would have to remove my ear plugs so I could hear the Navigator.I look back at the diferent operations ,operating out of Doolitles old runway,then to Spangdolem germany,and last to Yakota Japan as great memories. The best was the peaple that I will always remember such as my Boss Master Sargent Koons.

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