I got curious about my hit rate using a Sidewinder Force Feedback 2. After finishing the main FS2 campaign on Very Easy, I had 40.7%, but that includes a lot of hits on subsystems, turrets, etc. After the first mission on the new Operation Templar on Very Easy, I'm at 12.7%.
I stopped playing the game around 2004, and when I picked it up again in 2012 I had the same issue of it seeming harder than I remembered. But after a few hours of play over the next couple of weeks the old comfort level came back to me.