Designation: WB-66D

Douglas WB-66D

Douglas WB-66D Destroyer

A picture of the 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.

Wingspan 72 ft 7 in.

Wingspan

Length 75 ft 2 in.

Length

Height 23 ft 7 in.

Height

Weight 57,800 lbs (loaded)

Weight

Max. Speed 631 MPH

Maximum Speed

Service Ceiling 39,400 ft

Maximum Altitude

Range 2,470 miles

Range

Engines Two Allison J71-A-13, turbojets with 10,200 pounds of thrust each

Engines

Crew 5

Crew


Manufacturer
Douglas

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

Serial Number
55-395

Designation
WB-66D

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