DOUGLAS B-66 DESTROYER
Title: Douglas B-66 Destroyer
The Douglas B-66 Destroyer was a light bomber based on the A-3 Skywarrior, and intended to replace the Douglas A-26 Invader. The B-66 retained the same three-man crew as the A-3 but with a slightly different arrangement with the pilot sitting by himself at the front. Initially the USAF thought the conversion would be a simple case of removing the carrier-specific features. However the list of changes grew, and before long the easy conversion became a substantially new aircraft. Many of the changes were due to the USAF’s requirement for low-level operations, while the Navy aircraft was usually a high-altitude bomber.
One major difference between the A-3 and the B-66 was that the A-3 has two Pratt & Whitney J-57 jet engines, but the B-66 had two Allison J-71 engines. The first RB-66A preproduction aircraft flew in 1954, while the first production RB-66B aircraft flew in early 1955. A total of 294 were built. The B-66 was produced or modified into a wide variety of versions, including the B-66, EB-66, RB-66, and the WB-66.
This title contains the Flight Manual covering all later variants of the Douglas B66 series, plus a nice manufacturer’s familiarisation manual. The files have been scanned from the original flight manuals and retain any colour pages.