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Douglas B-66 Destroyer



Información histórica sobre el Douglas B-66 Destroyer

The Douglas B-66 Destroyer was a Tactical Air Command light bomber based on the United States Navy's A-3 Skywarrior, and was intended to replace the Douglas A-26 Invader. An RB-66 photo-reconnaissance version was ordered simultaneously. The B-66 retained the three-man crew of the A-3 Skywarrior.

At first, the USAF thought the conversion would be an easy matter of removing the carrier-specific features, so no prototypes were ordered, just five pre-production RB-66A models (the reconnaissance mission being considered a higher priority). The list of modifications grew, and before long, the easy conversion became a substantially new aircraft. Many of the changes were due to the Air Force's requirement for low-level operations, while the Navy plane was usually a high-altitude bomber.

The B-66 "Destroyer" was produced or modified into an astonishingly-wide variety of versions, including the B-66, EB-66, RB-66, and the WB-66

Deliveries to the USAF began in 1956 with 145 of this model were produced. RB-66s were used as the major night photo-reconnaissance aircraft of the USAF during this period. 72 of the B-66B bomber version were built, 69 fewer than originally planned. Thirteen B-66B aircraft later were modified into EB-66B electronic countermeasures aircraft for the Vietnam War. Unlike the Navy's A-3 Skywarrior, which performed some bombing missions, the Destroyer was not used as a bomber in Vietnam.

The EB-66C/E was removed from USAF service by 1973


Ficha técnica


1954 - 1973


Douglas Aircraft Company


Fuerza aérea de los EE.UU (USAF)


Bombarderno ligero

Reconocimiento fotográfico

Guerra electrónica

Velocidad máxima

1.020 km/h

Alcance en combate

1.500 km

Alcance en ferry

3.970 km




2 cañones de 20 mm

6.800 kg para bombas


Fuente Wikipedia.