The French forces used the German Fieseler fi-156 Storch until 1965.
The Fieseler Storch, reknown for it's extreme STOL capacities, became produced at the Morane Saulnier factory in occupied France soon after the Vichy peace.
The production was instantly resumed after the liberation of France as French politicans realised the value of any homebuilt aircraft and keeping the only expertise in business. Initially was the aim to get the present surplus of the original German Argus engines used but production continued with French aviational engines.
The Storch, now labelled MS-500 prooved to suit French postwar military actions in Sahara as well as in Indo-China, though became modified with aluminium structured wings to accomodate the tropic climate, and became used for more than 20 years after most people considered the Storch for dead, with a production number exceeding 900.
Edited by Armand, 05 July 2017 - 11:17 AM.