I feel your pain. Just got my new throttle back from RMA land myself. I had a stuck button 26 and after all the joys of retesting it on a VMWared XP install on an iMac to prove that the button was indeed stuck I received an RMA. 2 weeks to get it through to them and 3 days back. Apparently what we ship to Canada is far more dangerous than what we receive from them. Oh well, I'm going to mirror what Ice said "hang in there, it's worth it". Don't bother with the X52 (or a 940 if you've got one) as you WILL be disappointed at the loss of precision let alone the inherent functionality of the Warthog. My theory is that it makes more sense for me to learn to play the piccolo on one instrument as opposed to two that are not designed as well for it. With you being a pilot IRL YMMV. I played a LOT of strike fighters and FC2 to get me over the hump, but never once touched DCS as I didn't want to pick up any bad habits. Again YMMV as your experience level by far exceeds mine and transitioning may/will be much easier for you.
Too darned many sims to list!
I7950@3.9 w/Turbo&HT Enable on Sabertooth X58, WC'd w/H70
12Gb DDR3, 2x WD Black 64Mb 640Gb in Raid0, 2X 120 Corsair 830
Saitek X-52s, Hori Flightstick 2
Thrustmaster X_Flight HOTAS and Warthog #7063---Scratch that, new throttle #8182