DOUGLAS A3D SKYWARRIOR / B-66 DESTROYER

A3D / B-66 SERVICE

A3D Skywarrior

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA
Model: Model 593-8
Designations: A3D; A-3
Name: Skywarrior
First official flight: (XA3D-1) 28/10/1952
Factory production period: 1951 - 1961
Primary service period: 1956 - 1988
Last official flight: (ERA-3B) 30/09/1991

B-66 Destroyer

Manufacturer: The Douglas Aircraft Co. Inc., Santa Monica, California, USA
Models: Model 1326, 1327, 1329
Designations: B-66; X-21
Name: Destroyer
First official flight: (RB-66A) 28/06/1954
Factory production period: 1952 - 1958
Primary service period: 1956 - 1970
Last official flight: (EB-66E) 1974

A3D / B-66 VARIANTS

A3D Skywarrior

1952 Model 593-8 XA3D-1 2 Total: 002
         
1953 Model 593-8 YA3D-1 1  
1954 Model 593-8 A3D-1 49 Total: 050
         
1956 Model 593-8 A3D-2 164  
1958 Model 593-8 YA3D-2P 1  
1958 Model 593-8 A3D-2P 29  
1958 Model 593-8 A3D-2Q 25  
1959 Model 593-8 A3D-2T 12 Total: 231

Grand Total: 283

B-66 Destroyer

1954 Model 1326 RB-66A 5 Total: 005
         
1955 Model 1327A B-66B 72  
1955 Model 1329 RB-66B 145 Total: 217
         
1955 Model 1329 RB-66C 36  
1957 Model 1329 WB-66D 36 Total: 072

Grand Total: 294

 

GRAND TOTAL: 577

A3D / B-66 PRODUCTION

A3D Skywarrior

XA3D-1
Prototype twin engined, carrier-based attack bomber.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.125412, 125413 7588, 7589

Total: 002

YA3D-1
As XA3D-1, service test aircraft, engine upgrade.
Later upgraded to A3D-1 standards.
Produced 1953

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.130352 9253

Total: 001

A3D-1
As Y3D-1, tail cannon, revised canopy,
minor changes, mainly used for training.
Produced 1953 - 1956

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.130353 / 130363 9254 / 9264  
BuNo.135407 / 135444 10300 / 10337

Total: 049

A3D-2
As A3D-1, engine upgrade, refuelling probe,
later had tail guns removed.
Original designation was A3D-1B.
Produced 1956 - 1961

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.138902 / 138976 10763 / 10837  
BuNo.142236 / 142255 11562 / 11581  
BuNo.142400 / 142407 11584 / 11591  
BuNo.142630 / 142665 11693 / 11728  
BuNo.144626 / 144629 12024 / 12027  
BuNo.147648 / 147668 12412 / 12432 Total: 164

YA3D-2P
As A3D-2, prototype reconnaissance version.
Produced 1958

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.142256 11582

Total: 001

A3D-2P
As YA3D-2P, 12 cameras, bomb-bay control pod
with two operators.
Produced 1958 - 1960

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.142666 / 142669 11729 / 11732  
BuNo.144825 / 144847 12071 / 12093  
BuNo.146446, 146447 12398, 12399 Total: 029

A3D-2Q
As A3D-2, ECM version, bomb-bay control pod.
BuNo. 142670 served as YA3D-2Q.
Produced 1958 - 1960

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.142257 11583  
BuNo.142670 / 142673 11733 / 11736  
BuNo.144848 / 144855 12094 / 12101  
BuNo.146448 / 146459 12400 / 12411 Total: 025
1 (142258), additional airframe cancelled.

A3D-2T
As A3D-2, bombardier-navigator trainer.
Produced 1959 - 1960

Douglas El Segundo, California (D)

BuNo.144856 / 144867 12102 / 12113

Total: 012

 

Grand Total: 283

B-66 Destroyer

RB-66A
As A3D-2, photo reconn. version for USAF,
extensive structural / design changes.
Produced 1952 - 1954

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

52-2828 / 52-2832 ?

Total: 005

B-66B
As RB-66A, tactical bomber version.
Produced 1954 - 1957

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

53-482 / 53-507 44363 / 44388  
54-477 / 54-505 44777 / 44805  
54-548 / 54-551 44848 / 44851  
55-302 / 55-314 44934 / 44946 Total: 072
69 additional airframes cancelled.

RB-66B
As RB-66A, engine upgrade, higher weights.
Produced 1954 - 1958

Douglas Long Beach, California (DL)

53-409 / 54-481 44290 / 44362  
54-417 / 54-446 44717 / 44746  
54-506 / 54-547 44806 / 44847 Total: 145

RB-66C
As RB-66B, electronic reconn. version, various
radomes and electronic equipment.
Produced 1955 - 1957

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

54-447 / 54-476 44747 / 44776  
55-384 / 55-389 45016 / 45021 Total: 036

WB-66D
As RB-66C, weather reconn. version.
Produced 1957 - 1958

Douglas Tulsa, Oklahoma (DT)

55-390 / 55-425 45022 / 45057

Total: 036

 

Grand Total: 294

A3D / B-66 CONVERSIONS

A3D Skywarrior

US Navy

YA3D-1P 1 YA3D-1(130358), 1954, photo reconn. conversion, also A3D-1P.
YA3D-1Q 1 YA3D-1(130356), 1955, electronic reconn. conversion.
A3D-1Q 4 YA3D-1, 1955, electronic reconn. conversions.
A3D-1T 1+ A3D-1, trainers with dual controls.
YA3D-2 1 A3D-2(138905), conversion as engine testbed.
A3D-2Z 1  A3D-2Q(142672), 1958, VIP transport, designation not used,
became VA-3B.

US Navy (1962 redesignations)
Original BuNo.'s retained.

YA-3A 1 1962, redesignation of YA3D-1, later to A-3A standards.
A-3A 49 1962, redesignation of A3D-1.
(NA-3A) 1 A-3A, permanent conversion for tests.
YEA-3A 1 1962, redesignation of YA3D-1Q.
EA-3A 2 1962, redesignation of A3D-1Q.
(NEA-3A) 1 EA-3A, permanent conversion for tests.
YRA-3A 1 1962, redesignation of YA3D-1P, also RA-3A.
(NRA-3A) 1 YRA-3A, permanent conversion for reconn. tests.
TA-3A 1+ 1962, redesignation of A3D-1T.
A-3B 164 1962, redesignation of A3D-2.
(KA-3B) 85 A-3B, 1967-1989, tanker conversions, single fuselage hose reel.
(EKA-3B) 39 A-3B, 1967-1975, combination ECM / tanker conversions.
(NA-3B) 2 A-3B, 1964, permanent conversion for tests.
EA-3B 24 1962, redesignation of A3D-2Q.
YRA-3B 1 1962, redesignation of YA3D-2P.
RA-3B 29 1962, redesignation of A3D-2P.
(ERA-3B) 8 RA-3B, ECM conversions for the aggressor role.
(NRA-3B) 6 RA-3B, permanent conversions for tests.
(TNRA-3B) 1 NRA-3B, 1985, training conversion, not with dual controls.
TA-3B 12 1962, redesignation of A3D-2T, 5 became VIP transports
without change of designation.
(UA-3B) 2 TA-3B, 1987, utility conversions.
VA-3B 1 1962, redesignation of A3D-1Z.

CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Several A-3's in service with civil operators as flying test platforms.

B-66 Destroyer

USAF

JRB-66A 4 RB-66A, test designation for non-operational service.
EB-66B 13 B-66B, ECM radar jammers for service in Vietnam.
NB-66B 2 B-66B, test conversions for parachute drops of space capsules.
EB-66C 4 RB-66C, 1966, upgraded ECM equipment.
EB-66E 52 RB-66B, ECM radar jammers similar to EB-66B.
X-21A 2 WB-66D(55-408, 55-410), 1963, Boundary Layer Control tests,
engine upgrade. Tests carried out by Northrop Aviation Inc.,
Hawthorne, California (NO).

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