Salmson 2

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Salmson 2
Salmson 2 WW1 recon aircraft.jpg
Role Reconnaissance
Manufacturer Salmson
Designer Emile Salmson
Introduction Dec 1917[1]
Primary users Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
US Army Air Roundel.svg U.S.A.
Number built 3200 [1][2]
Wingspan 11.8 m (38 ft 7 in) [3]
Engine 260hp Salmson 9Za radial
Armament fixed, sync. Vickers or Marlin and
1-2×flexible rear Lewis
Crew 2
Max Speed 188 km/h (117 mph)[4][5]
Climb 1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:18[4][3]
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 7:13[4][3]
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 17:20[4][3]
Ceiling 6,250 m (20,500 ft)[4][5][3]
Range 500 km (310 mi)[4]
Endurance 3:00[5][3]

The failure of the unconventional Salmson-Moineau S.M.1 saw the firm return to conventional designs, and their next production airplane was a winner, the Salmson 2A2. The Salmson 2 was powered by the powerful and reliable 260hp Salmson Canton-Unné 9Za radial engine and the airframe was strong and well-built. Starting in mid-1917 the Salmson 2 started replacing A.R.1's and Sopwith Strutters in reconnaissance escadrilles, and it was an immediate success. Its only drawback was the large separation between the pilot and observer, necessitated by the placement of the fuel tank. Provision for a camera was made via a trapdoor in the observer's compartment. Another innovation was the addition of self-sealing fuel tanks, which greatly cut the incidence of aircraft fire.

Fifty-five French escadrilles and ten American aero squadrons[note 1] used the speedy Salmson 2 with great success. [1] After the war, Czechoslovakia purchased fifty; Japan built 600-1000 under license; Poland equipped three squadrons; and Russia had a handful.[6]

For more information, see Wikipedia:Salmson 2.

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Unofficial Stats
Availability Maneuver Damage Dmg Points Max Alt. Climb
Maneuver.png Firing.png Damage.png Ceiling.png Climb.png
18Q1-18Q4 H B/A 16 13 3
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  1. 705 were purchased by the USA.
  2. Updated card
  3. Updated card
  4. Updated card
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Owers, p.14.
  2. Lamberton, p.92.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Lamberton, p.218-220.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Davilla, p.443.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Munson, p.63.
  6. Davilla, p.444.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • W.M. Lamberton and E.F. Cheesman, Reconnaissance & Bomber Aircraft of the 1914-1918 War. Great Britain: Harleyford Publications Ltd., 1962.
  • Kenneth Munson, Bombers: Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft, 1914-1919. New York: The MacMillan Company, 1968, Blandford Press Ltd. ISBN 978-0753721711
  • Colin A. Owers, Jon S. Guttman, James J. Davilla, Salmson Aircraft of World War I. USA: Flying Machine Press, 2001. ISBN 1-891268-16-3