I know people have different preferences so this is just my take on it.
I use a Thrustmaster T 16000m. I currently combine it with a CH Throttle and Saitek Combat Rudder pedals. They all work well so long as I avoid the CH software.
I find the T 16000m comfortable in the hand and quite accurate and sturdy. Great value for money when I got mine a few years ago and it is still going strong. The simple slider for the throttle is adequate but not great. However it is easy enough in sims like CLoD to add in something like a CH Throttle to work with it.
Perhaps because it was so cheap I have on occasion looked elsewhere in the probably never ending search for the ultimate joystick. i have tried in turn the Saitek X52 Pro and CH Fighterstick. I didn't like either of those in comparison to the T16000m and sold them on. While travelling OS once I got a Logitech Extreme 3D Pro. I was not taken by it but it was very cheap. Years ago I had the early Microsoft Force Feedback which was a nice stick. This was the first Red Baron days if I recall correctly. I think I wore it out but it was fun to use.
Considering how good the T 16000m is wonder if the Thrustmaster Wartog might be worth considering but it is an expensive bit of kit. I am interested to read the comments about the MSFFB2. It sounds like Microsoft on occassion can make a darn good joystick or two. Pity they don't offer one at the moment.