Salmson Cricri

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Salmson Cri-Cri photo L'Aerophile July 1938.jpg
Role Recreational aircraft
Manufacturer Salmson, CFA
Designer Paul Deville
First flight 14 April 1936
Number built 341
Variants CFA D.7 Cricri Major

The Salmson Cricri ("Cricket") was a French light aircraft of the 1930s. It was a conventional, parasol-wing monoplane with fixed tailskid undercarriage and seating in tandem open cockpits for the pilot and passenger.

Although originally intended for recreational flying, the type achieved its greatest success when it was selected by the French government to equip the Aviation Populaire,[1] resulting in sales of over 300 machines; this plane was also used as a trainer and patrol aircraft in the French Air Force.[2]

Following the war, CFA attempted to revive the design as the Cricri Major. This differed from its predecessor mainly in having a more powerful engine and an enclosed cabin. Eventually, only ten examples were built.


D6 Cricri
(329 built)
D63 Cricri
dedicated flight trainer version (2 built)
CFA D.7 Cricri Major
An enlarged CriCri with enclosed cabin, powered by a 90 hp (67 kW) Salmson 5Aq-01 5-cylinder radial.

Specifications (D6)[edit]

Salmson CriCri 3-view drawing from L'Aerophile February 1938

Data from Aviafrance

General characteristics

  • Crew: One pilot
  • Capacity: 1 passenger
  • Length: 6.89 m (22 ft 7 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.66 m (31 ft 8 in)
  • Height: 2.18 m (7 ft 2 in)
  • Wing area: 16.0 m2 (172 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 287 kg (633 lb)
  • Gross weight: 575 kg (1,268 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Salmson 9 ADr, 45 kW (60 hp)


  • Maximum speed: 150 km/h (94 mph)
  • Range: 500 km (310 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 2,450 m (8,040 ft)



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  • Simpson, R. W. (1995). Airlife's General Aviation. Shrewsbury: Airlife Publishing. p. 410.