|Introduction||Dec 1917 - early 1918|
|Primary users|| France|
|Number built||3200  [note 1]|
|Wingspan||11.8 m (38 ft 7 in) |
|Engine||260hp Salmson 9Za radial|
|Armament||fixed, sync. Vickers or Marlin and|
1-2×flexible rear Lewis
|Max Speed||185 km/h (115 mph) - 188 km/h (117 mph)|
|Climb||1,000 m (3,280 ft) in 3:18|
2,000 m (6,560 ft) in 7:13
3,000 m (9,840 ft) in 17:00
4,000 m (13,100 ft) in 17:20
|Ceiling||6,250 m (20,500 ft)|
|Range||500 km (310 mi)|
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 used the speedy Salmson 2 with great success.  After the war, Czechoslovakia purchased fifty; Japan built 600-1000 under license; Poland equipped three squadrons; and Russia had a handful. On 1 Oct 1918 there were 448 at the front.
For more information, see Wikipedia:Salmson 2.
Timeline [note 2]
|Version||Availability||Maneuver||Damage||Dmg Points||Max Alt.||Climb|
Miniatures and Models
- Shapeways: wow
- Shapeways: Kampfflieger
- Owers, p.14.
- Angelucci, p.96.
- Lamberton, p.92.
- Ferry'14, p.135.
- Lamberton, p.218-220.
- Angelucci, p.87.
- Davilla, p.443.
- Munson, p.63.
- Davilla, p.444.
- Enzo Angelucci, ed. The Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft, 1914-1980. New York: The Military Press, 1983 edition. ISBN 0-517-41021-4.
- 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. ISBN 9780900435027
- 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