This is the original TM joystick. It's a smaller replica of the F-4 Phantom joystick.
Flight Control System Mark I
Why the stiff springs?
This is the original Thrustmaster joystick.
It's a scaled down replica of a joystick from the F-4 Phantom II aircraft.
Image used with permission from Jan-Albert van Ree
Mine worked well for years until a nameless child knocked it off the top of a 6 foot shelf and broke the hat switch. Why was it on top of a 6 foot shelf? Because at the time I had started using the Saitek HOTAS.
This unit was released in 1995. Please note that it is no longer available!!
The blurb on the back reads:
"From it's massive stell and aluminium base to the glass filled nylon handle, the F-16 FLCS Limted Edition is a controller of a higher order.
A limited run of only 5,000 - each unit is serialised and signed by Maj. Gen. Joe H. Engle (Ret), Lt. Col. Robert L. Shaw (Ret) (NOTE: author of Fighter Combat - Tactics and Manoeuvering and Capt. Buzz Hoffman (Ret).
For a limited time only. Order directly from Thrustmaster for $499.95. Experience flying with no compromises.
Serial numbers will be issued on a first come, first served basis."