Douglas WB-66D Destroyer

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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