I've always used a joystick since 2000 for FS2 and I always have known you could fly with a mouse or just the keyboard but I never once actually tried it. In fact, I sort of assumed that everyone just used a joystick!
I have a logitech Extreme Pro. I had a force feedback one, but the power supply broke. As far as accuracy, I'd say the force feedback one was the least accurate. They all use the same moters that provide the force feedback with keeping the stick upright, and it doesn't always work. Plus you have that whole afterburner effect. If it had a rumble effect, like what's in Xbox controlles, instead of the jerk the handle force feedback, it'd be better. Get a stick that has 3 axes.