Published May 15, 2015
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas RB-66B Destroyer at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas RB-66B Destroyer in the Southeast Asia War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
DAYTON, Ohio -- Douglas RB-66B cockpit at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
The B-66 was developed from the U.S. Navy A3D Skywarrior as a tactical light bomber and photo reconnaissance aircraft. The RB-66B photo reconnaissance version became the first production series and totaled 145 of the 294 B-66s built. The USAF also developed a weather reconnaissance version, and various electronic countermeasures (ECM) versions.
ECM B-66s became very important elements in strikes against North Vietnam. They could detect enemy radar emissions and jam their signals, thereby confusing enemy defenses. In addition, some B-66s flew pathfinder missions, guiding F-105 and F-4 bombing strikes through bad weather.
The aircraft on display flew combat missions in Southeast Asia and was delivered to the museum in 1970.
Armament: Two 20mm cannons in tail and 8,044 lbs. of photo flash bombs
Engines: Two Allison J71s of 10,200 lbs. thrust each
Maximum speed: 585 mph
Cruising speed: 525 mph
Range: 1,800 miles
Ceiling: 43,000 ft.
Span: 72 ft. 6 in.
Length: 75 ft. 2 in.
Height: 23 ft. 7 in.
Weight: 91,000 lbs. maximum
Serial number: 53-0475
Click here to return to the Southeast Asia War Gallery.
Please note Springfield Street, the road that leads to the museum’s entrance, is undergoing construction through the beginning of September. Expect lane reductions and some delays. Please follow the signs and instructions provided by the road crews.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)