The YF-19: Thruster and Joystick

I just had a daunting question: do pilots call their flying stick “joystick”? Or is it just for gaming, even though it looks exactly the same?

November 14 - Stick, rudder pedals and thruster added

November 14 – Stick, rudder pedals and thruster added


December 15 - More cockpit fitting

November 15 – More cockpit fitting

You can tell I’m enjoying myself by the amount of pics I’m rendering each time 🙂

I have another stupid geeky thing to point out: In the movie and OVAs, Isamu pushes the rudder pedals and then we see the thrusting vector nozzles rotating the plane. It looks awesome. But it’s wrong! In a normal jet fighter – or any plane for that matter – the rudder pedals control the yaw, not the roll (they make the plane turn sideways like around a corner, not upside-down, if the concepts of yaw and roll are strange to you).

So by pressing the rudder pedals, the YF-19 would maybe break like the plane in Hot Shots!, but to make the nozzles roll it, it’s only with the stick.

About Eduardo

I'm some dude with a huge love for animation and film. I've been working in TV animation for the past 6 years in New Zealand. I love dragons, pointy metal things that can cut dragons, and flight simulators.
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