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1918 Salmson 2A2 Details

6,756-8-142 ... The front end details. ... Numbers on photo added by me years ago.


1- Hot water from radiator

2- Rocker arm cover

3- Pilot's fixed Vickers machine gun

4- Spent shell casing chute

5- Cover over belt driven electric generator

6- Service access panel

7- Kick step

8- Engine cooling louvers

9- Exhaust collection ring

10- Radiator shutter assembly

11- Exhaust outlet


This is one of the many reference photos I found when I was building my scale model Salmson 2A2 for a museum.


I'm a volunteer model builder at the Wings Over The Rockies Air And Space Museum in Denver - the official air & space museum for Colorado. They asked me to build a scale model of a Salmson 2A2 because it is the plane that Lt. Lowry was killed in, and the Lowry Air Force Base was named for him. The museum is in a WWII hangar that was left after they closed the AFB. See:


The Salmson 2A2 was a World War One French biplane used for observation, reconnaissance, photography, artillery spotting and possibly bombing. It was powered by a unique 260 HP Salmson radial water cooled engine.


It is important to note that there are no surviving Salmson 2A2's from W.W.I and no full size or 7/8 or 3/4 size replicas except one semi-accurate full size replica in Japan. Most people have never even heard of the Salmson 2A2, even though over 3,000 were built and it served well.


This photo was derived from the Salmson book, page 32.


I had several friends emailing me photos. ... I downloaded images from the internet. I found some photos in our local museum. I borrowed books and scanned images.


This photo was cropped and sized and numbers added with "Adobe Photo Deluxe Home Edition 3.0" which came free with a scanner circa 1999. Brightness, contrast, sharpness adjusted with same software.


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Taken on March 2, 2009