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231-0-8 ... Denver suburbs, Colorado, USA


The Salmson 2A2 was a World War One airplane (more info below).


These are the picture pages 36 thru 63 from the Salmson 2A2 "Parts Manual".


Or in French: Avion S.A.L. Type 2 Nomenclature des Pieces detachees. (minus special characters)


The first 35 pages are all text, in French, so I didn't think I'd upload those.


This series is posted primarily for the people in France who hope to build a full size replica of a Salmson 2A2 for display. ... I agreed to post all the reference material I have from building my model Salmson 2A2 (see ). ... What I have is just scans of the pages, not the actual book. ... Right now I have no memory of who sent it to me. ... When I was building my model some 12 years ago a lot of very kind souls sent me information by email and snail mail, and I have lost too many brain cells since then.


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 it, even though over 3,000 were built and it served well.


From :

The Salmson 2 was a French biplane reconnaissance aircraft made by Salmson. It was developed to a 1916 requirement. Along with the Breguet 14, it was the main reconnaissance aircraft in use with the French army in 1918. At the end of the First World War, one-third of French reconnaissance aircraft were Salmson 2s.


During the First World War, the Salmson factory built aircraft engines, generally 9- and later 18-cylinder water-cooled radial engines developed from the Swiss Canton-Unné design. … The Salmson 2 developed from a requirement to replace the Sopwith 1½ Strutter and Dorand A.R. reconnaissance aircraft in the A2 (tactical reconnaissance) role. Salmson had built the 1½ Strutter under license, and the Salmson 2, while an original design, owed more to the Sopwith than to [previous Salmson work]. The aircraft was of conventional construction, powered by the company's own 9Z water-cooled radial engine of 230 bhp. Some minor control problems were quickly resolved in early testing, but the main defect of the Salmson 2, shared with the contemporary Airco [de Haviland] DH.4, was that the pilot and gunner were seated rather far apart, making communication difficult. Production was ordered after trials on 29 April 1917, and deliveries were underway by October of that year. Around 3,200 Salmson 2s were built in France, 2,200 by Salmson and the remainder by the Latécoère, Hanriot, and Desfontaines, companies. Some of these were Salmson 2 D2 dual control advanced training aircraft.


In addition to its service with the French army, the Salmson 2 served during the First World War with United States air units. Some 700 were purchased, and were generally successful.


Post-war, Salmson 2s were purchased by Czechoslovakia, and remained in service until 1924. Others were transferred to Poland, but were withdrawn by 1920, and replaced by Bristol F.2Bs. Japan undertook license production as the "Army Type Otsu 1", also known as the Kawasaki-Salmson. The number of aircraft built in Japan is unclear: 300 were built by Kawasaki, and the same quantity by the Imperial Japanese Army's Tokorozawa supply depot, although the total number of aircraft produced may have been as high as 1,000.

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