Kick the tyres and light the fires
Thrustmaster has been around for many years. In fact, I still have one of its original flight sticks lying around here somewhere. The company was founded in 1990 by Mr Norm Winningstad in Hillsboro, Oregon, where it originally only made flight control systems for IBM-compatible computers. Since then, it has pretty much dominated the top-end of the flight controller market, with ever-increasingly realistic and high-quality products for most platforms, including PlayStation, PC and Xbox.
Out of the box
Like any other high-quality peripheral, the Viper TQS Mission Pack comes in a set of hefty boxes that in some ways mimic a set of Russian dolls, meaning that there are three of them and they fit one inside the other.