Douglas B-66 Destroyer

ICAO aircraft code B66
Manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Co.
Country United States
New price USD 2.55 million (1958)

The Douglas B-66 Destroyer is a light bomber that was designed and produced by the American aviation manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company.
The B-66 was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) and is heavily based upon the United States Navy’s A-3 Skywarrior, a heavy carrier-based attack aircraft.

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Douglas B-66 Destroyer specifications

General

ICAO aircraft code
B66
Manufacturer
Douglas Aircraft Co.
Manufactured
1954 - 1958
Country
United States
New purchase price
USD 2.55 million (1958)

Aircraft performance

Engine:
2x Allison J71-A-11
Jet
Power:
10,200 pound-force
Max Cruise Speed:
550 Kts
1,019 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
116 Kts
Travel range:
1,564 Nm
2,897 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
43,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
5000 feet / minute
25.40meter / second

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
37,650 Kg
83,003 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
25,455 Kg
56,118 lbs
Max Payload:
7,000 Kg
15,432 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
4,650 gallon
17,602 liter

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About the Douglas B-66 Destroyer

The Douglas B-66 Destroyer is a light bomber that was designed and produced by the American aviation manufacturer Douglas Aircraft Company.

The B-66 was developed for the United States Air Force (USAF) and is heavily based upon the United States Navy’s A-3 Skywarrior, a heavy carrier-based attack aircraft. Originally, officials intended for the aircraft to be a simple development of the earlier A-3, taking advantage of being strictly land-based to dispense with unnecessary naval features. However, due to the USAF producing extensive and substantially divergent requirements, it became necessary to make considerable alterations to the design, leading to a substantial proportion of the B-66 being original rather than derived from the A-3. The B-66 retained the three-man crew arrangement of the US Navy’s A-3; differences included the incorporation of ejection seats, which the A-3 had lacked.

Performing its maiden flight on 28 June 1954, the aircraft was introduced to USAF service during 1956. The standard model, designated B-66, was a bomber model that was procured to replace the aging Douglas A-26 Invader; in parallel, a dedicated photo reconnaissance model, designated RB-66, was also produced alongside. Later on, further variants of the type were developed, leading to the aircraft’s use in signals intelligence, electronic countermeasures and weather reconnaissance roles. Aircraft would commonly be forward deployed to bases in Europe, where they could more easily approach the airspace of the Soviet Union. Multiple variants would be deployed around Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis. They would also see use during the American intervention in the Vietnam War, typically operating as support aircraft for other assets that were active over the skies of North Vietnam and Laos, as well as missions to map SAM and AAA sites in both countries. The last examples of the type were withdrawn during 1975.

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