Comments: There was a time when I flew in MiGMan's MiG-pit Mk-I with 120 functioning switches and buttons. It worked, but what a pain in the khyber it was to reprogram it! In December 1997 Saitek brought out the PC-Dash, a device which when combined with the X-35/36 programmable joystick and throttle effectively replaced my whole cockpit!
As of 2018, Saitek has been acquired by Logitech.
Repairing the X36 Analog Stick. The new version is USB and the insides are quite different!
The PC Dash could pretty much replace an entire cockpit!
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