Glory Days, The Untold Story of the Men Who Flew the B-66 Destroyer into the Face of Fear
As the title indicates, this book is dedicated to the men who flew the Douglas B-66 Destroyer in combat with additional descriptions of the airplane itself. The reader may expect another “how I won the war” book and should be pleased that it is more “how THEY won the war.” “THEY” being the pilots, crew members, ECM operators and dedicated ground crew members who flew, flew on and maintained the B-66.
The B-66 was liked by every pilot who flew the airplane and was interviewed for the book, although each felt that the J-71 engine that powered it had a tendency to explode when it was called upon to produce maximum power after it accumulated a large number of hours of operation. It was felt to be underpowered for some of the missions it flew. Another factor not appreciated by the ECM operators was the downward ejecting seats installed in the aft compartment of the ECM aircraft.
An interesting comment slipped in by several of the interviewees involved the attitude of some of the deskbound, high-level officers who conducted the war from Washington. All in all, an interesting book that should be read at ones leisure in order to absorb the real feelings of those who flew an aging aircraft with little visible follow-up equipment.