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DOUGLAS EB-66E

Posted 7/8/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Douglas EB-66E Destroyer
Douglas EB-66E Destroyer side view. Originally the RB-66B (S/N 54-431) of the 42nd Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (TEWS), 388th Tactical Fighter Wing, taken at Clark AB, Philippines on Jan. 25, 1974, just after unit deactivation at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The EB-66Es were converted from RB-66B and designed for the Electronic Counter Measures (ECM) mission. The aircraft designed was based on the EB-66B modifications but incorporated much more extensive updates to the electronic emission detection, surveillance and jamming equipment. The photo reconnaissance equipment was removed to make room for the additional ECM equipment.

Thirty-four aircraft were modified and served in Southeast Asia beginning in the late 1960s. By the mid-1970s, the EB-66Es were replaced by more advanced aircraft, including the McDonnell Douglas F-4G Wild Weasel.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
EB-66E 34 (cv) Electronic reconnaissance version of RB-66VB


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: None (provisions for a tail mounted chaff dispenser)
Engines: Two Allison J71-A-11 turbojets of 10,200 lbs. thrust ea.
Maximum speed: 585 mph
Cruising speed: 525 mph
Range: 1,800 miles
Service ceiling: 43,000 ft.
Span: 72 ft. 6 in.
Length: 75 ft. 2 in.
Height: 23 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 91,000 lbs. maximum take off weight
Crew: Three (pilot, navigator/bombardier, electronic warfare officer)

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