Salmson 7

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Salmson 7
Role Reconnaissance/Bomber
Manufacturer Salmson
First flight Aug 1918 [1]
Introduction autumn 1918
Primary user Roundel of the French Air Force before 1945.svg France
Number built 20 [1]
Developed from Salmson 2
Wingspan 12.34 m (40 ft 6 in)[1]
Engine 230hp Salmson 9Za radial
Crew 2
Max Speed 189 km/h (117 mph)[2][1]

Perhaps the chief criticism of the fine Salmson 2 was the wide separation of the pilot and observer. The Salmson 7 sought to rectify that by placing them back-to-back in a shared cockpit. The wings were somewhat larger and were slightly swept. Like its predecessor, it retained the single-piece horizontal and vertical tail surfaces.

Had the war continued, thousands of Salmson 7's would have been built, enough to equip seventy-four squadrons. But by the Armistice only twenty had been delivered to front line units, and outstanding orders were cancelled.[1]

Like the Salmson 2, the Salmson 7 would have probably been a fast, robust machine, well-suited to its mission.

Miniatures and Models

1:144 Scale

1:285/6mm/1:288 Scale


Orthographic Drawings


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Owers, p.104.
  2. Davilla, p.450.
  • Dr. James J. Davilla and Arthur M. Soltan. French Aircraft of the First World War. Flying Machines Press, 1997. ISBN 0-9637110-4-0.
  • 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