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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LES KODISH, 16.03.2018

I ALSO WAS AT SHAW 62-65. AND MADE C/C ON THE B-66B.
ALSO WORKED ON THE F-4C, 101'S. THAT WAS A GREAT TIME
SERVING MY CO.

bruce t clark, 25.08.2017

I was an avionocs instrument tech from 1958 till 1962 at raf sculthorpe in great Britain

Herman Dorr, 09.08.2017

I was an aircraft mech. On the RB-66 at Shaw AFB Sumter SC from 1956-1960. Enjoyed working on them and watching them fly. There is one in the Warner Robins air museum in Warner Robins Ga.

Blaine Sevy`, 06.07.2017

Son of CMSgt George W. Sevy stationed at Sculthrope AFB, England from 1959 to 1963. Got to fly the semilator for the B66 during one of the open houses the base had. Just a high school kid but thought it was cool. My dad worked in shop schedueling. Went into the Air Force in Jan 1966 and was trained in POL. Was at Tyndall in Florida and then at Clark AFB in the Phillipines. Never saw another B66, but got to put lots of fuel on lots of different planes.

Charles Fuller, 30.04.2017

I was stationed at RAF Chelveston England 1960-1962 and Toul-Rosiers France 1962-1963. I
Was an EWO on the C model and also flew as the third man in the Royal Flush photo competitions 1961 & 1962. Great fun!!!🇺🇸

Carter Floyd, 05.03.2017

Was a Crew Chief at Toul till the B66s were sent to Chambley along with most of my buddies. Was working F4s when de Gaulle gave is the boot. Fondest memory of the B-66 was dropping the engine tubs on post flight.
Release all but the last latch, hold the tub up with one hand, release the last latch, and run because EVERYTHING leaked and the tubs were always full. Didn't see another one till one diverted to Ubon, Thailand in '67.

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james locut, 13.01.2017

flew out of tul with the 42nd 63 thru 65 loved that old bird have many memories of good fellow airmen had very good maint.men and find it odd but of the remaining b66s on display now I flew on two of them still have copies of flight plans crewed with Capt. Jerry S Grines pilot and 1st. Lt. Tom Berkey who I am still in contact with 52 years later, I flew as flt.eng in gunner seat and pulled many Echo alerts

Donald Porter, 31.10.2016

I remember working with Jerry Gisclair. I didn't know he had a nickname. Was at Takhli the last half of 68 and 1 half of 69. When I got back to the states, I less than 6 mos left of my enlistment so at that time, the policy was to get discharged

Billy Newman, 16.08.2016

Iwas on the first det out of Chambly afb FRANCE. We left out of there in the back of a c-130 with aboot 25 troops and some ground suppor equipt which turned in to bunks. We made numerous stops, we didnt fly over the top we took th long way. Our stops were azores nas norfolk califonia Hawaii and wake island cadena into taklhi at night.A trip made in heaven. If Iremember right it took 7 days and nights and we flew first class ok uncle.

Dennis Hunter, CMSGT Ret, 08.08.2016

Worked on the RB-66B as a Crew Chief assigned to the 1st Tac Recon Sqdrn, 10th Tac Recon Wg at RAF Alconbury from Dec 1962 until we transitioned onto RF-4Cs in mid 1965. Continued to work on the RF-4 until I rotated in Dec 1966. For the first two years I was assigned to the Squadron, I was the only black mechanic which presented a few challenges from time to time, but overall this was by far the best assignment out of my 22yrs

Larry Snow, 06.06.2016

My name is Larry Snow. I was a pilot flying the B-66B. Pilot, Navigator and EWO was the crew on this model. I flew out of Takhli, Thailand 1967. I was flying F-101's at Dow AFB, Maine, my first assignment after pilot training. After less than a year flying the F-101, the Air Force called me saying I was assigned to fly the B-66 assigned to a secret Zip code, (it was Takhli). I asked why the B-66? Because I had been an EWO on B-52s at Travis AFB, California before being a pilot. It turned out to be great pilot assignment, over 500 hours, and true, it would do nice barrel rolls. Before leaving Takhli, they made me flight check pilot after maintenance work. I even flew a B-66 from Takhli to Tulsa, Oklahoma for over haul. What a trip, following a KC-135, weather delays, having to take a higher altitude than normal for refuelling. A challenge for sure between Guam and Hawaii! Looking back, I had a great time in that aircraft. Larry L. Snow pilot.snow@att.net

Mark Roessler, 21.04.2016

My father in law flew the EB-66 LTC William Kniffin and trying to find more information or stories about him if any of you out there knew him.
Bill passed away in 1991 and retired from the Air Force in 1973. I married his oldest daughter Kim, but he past away before I met him.
Thanks,
Mark

Joe Gosnell, 25.02.2016

I was a cc with the 39th on B-66 at Shaw AFB 69-72 and did 2 TDY's to Korat in 70,71,and 72 with the 42nd TEWS. Loved the aircraft.

Jerry "Truck" Gisclair, 23.12.2015

I was an ECM technician stationed at Takhli RTAFB in Thailand. I was fortunate to get on flying status my last 6 months in 1969. Flew several "test" missions and had a blast with one particular pilot. On one of the test flights, we flew at full throttle at approx. 300 ft. over some flat lands (heavy air) and then the pilot elevated and we actually did a "barrel roll", an experience that I will never forget. A great old aircraft...........

george d ward, 04.07.2015

i was crew chief eb66 tail # 496 at takhli thailand 1967 68 boy what a aircrft to work on but i loved it so say way dee cup

Ron Darrah, 17.06.2015

I was a crew chief on the '66 at Shaw AFB in the 16th TRS in 1958-59. Went on the Incirlik deployment out in the desert for 60 days. Enjoyed the airplane.

GEORGE GALVEZ, 16.06.2015

I built a fly way kit for the RB-66 AT Shaw Air Force Base in 1961 thru 1964 and it was a great aircraft.

Kenneth L Weiand, 11.06.2015

The answer to the person that asked if B66 had a co-pilot.
The answer is no!
This Web page brought some awareness again of this great plane
built by Douglas Aircraft. Nice to have a way to communicate about experiences of interest.

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