DESTROYER
DESTROYER

Manufacturer

DOUGLAS

Markings:

363rd Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, Shaw AFB, South Carolina, 1969

Designation:

WB-66D

Serial Number:

55-0395

DOUGLAS WB-66D DESTROYER

Begun as a development of the Navy A3D Skywarrior in 1952 and bearing a superficial resemblance to the Skywarrior, the B-66 is actually a very different aircraft. The Destroyer was eventually built in several versions; bomber, photographic reconnaissance, weather reconnaissance, and electronic warfare. The WB-66 weather reconnaissance version was intended to gather weather data over battlefields and had the bomb bay replaced by a pressurized compartment for two weather equipment operators and their equipment. The WB-66D was the last version of the Destroyer built with 36 constructed between June 1957 and June 1958.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 74 ft 7 in
  • Length: 75 ft 2 in
  • Height: 23 ft 7 in
  • Weight: 64,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 640 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 39,200 ft
  • Range: 2,935 miles
  • Engines: 2 Allison J71-A-13, turbojets, 10,200 pounds thrust each