It’s been a long wait for flight sim fans who have wanted to get their hands on VIRPIL’s MongoosT-50. The official word is that this stick is starting to ship after some initial delays.
There is a sort of renaissance of medium and high end flight sticks these days with VIRPIL being another company that is throwing their hat into the ring with a fairly high end product.
The Mongoose stick is loosely based on the Sukhoi T.50 flight stick as well as that of other modern Russian aircraft. It’s certainly one way to get a good feel for flying a Su-27 or MiG-29 in DCS with something like this in your hand. All indications are that it will work just as well with IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad/Moscow/Kuban though I don’t know if anyone has had a chance to try it.
The MongoosT-50 ships in two different configurations. You can get it in Grip form where it can then be attached to a Thrustmaster Warthog or Cougar base. It can also be ordered in full flight stick setup with a VIRPIL base. The VIRPIL base needs to be mounted to something and can’t just sit on a desk – this is a serious stick and you can order optional 50mm, 75mm and 100mm extensions as well as mounting plates for desks from the VIRPIL store.
- Dual-stage Trigger
- Folding Trigger
- 5 Buttons
- Three 4-way Hats
- One 2-position Switch
- Analog Brake Lever
The internal components are made of aircraft grade duraluminum which should help with the longevity of the stick.
Other VIRPIL products on the way
The MongoosT-50 is just one of a couple of VIRPIL products that are on the way and its clear that this stick is meant to be used in conjunction with a throttle control and rudder pedals. Both of these are in the works.
The other big question is availability. Shipping to Europe seems to be on the way (VIRPIL is headquartered in Belarus) and it sounds like they hope to ship to North America although I haven’t been able to confirm that just yet.
If you’re in the market for a new modern stick… these guys seem to be worth checking out despite being new on the market. If you’re hoping for a more in-depth review, check out the Ars Technica review.