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Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson
20 Years of Military Flight Simulations on the PC by Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson.

Flight sim guru Len "Viking 1" Hjalmarson chronicles the first 30 years of computer flight sims, the software, hardware, people and the culture.

The New Millenium

Thrustmaster HOTAS Cougar

Finally, as 2001 closes the community anticiates the release of Thrustmaster's latest hardware, the HOTAS Cougar. This new gear brings the earlier F22 Pro and TQS up to military standards, with all metal construction and new high performance parts. Connectivity moves to USB, onboard processing is included, and the earlier track ball is replaced by an actual microstick.

Furthermore, the system is designed for easy expansion, with a removable handle. This will allow the development of new handles to represent various modern or classic aircraft grips. Maintaining the highest degree of programmability and with all new software developed by James Hallows, the HOTAS Cougar is likely to see the desktop of most serious combat simulation pilots worldwide. The later release of matching rudder pedals is almost certain.

HOTAS Cougar
HOTAS Cougar by Thrustmaster

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