L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29350 posts, RR: 62 Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2533 times:
Hey guys. Maybe I am thinking of this only because I have "Flat Top" with Sterling Hayden in the DVD player at the moment-Basicly a rip-off of "Wing and a Prayer" with Don Ameche and Harry Morgan except with a Corsair Squadron instead of a TBM one.
KC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 11708 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2403 times:
IIRC, all of the Corsairs the French Navy got were new builds. Yes, both the USNR and USMCR flew the Corsairs until the mid 1950s, but all of them were late production (post WWII) airplanes. The USMC flew the type during the entire Korean War, as a ground support aircraft, and the RN flew theirs into the early 1950s. FMS of the F-4Us began soon after WWII (1947 or 1948), using mostly USN and USMC aircraft that were declaired surplus after the war.
So the answer to your question would be around 1947 or 1948, then later versions were made available to FMS again beginning around 1954, or so.