Thanks guys. Things are going fine at Casa Del Z, and I've passed along your greetz to LZ.
Funnily enough, I picked up a nice Saitek AV8R joystick at a local thrift shop for something like $8 last month, and fired up IL-2 (which I bought off of gog.com for something like $5) for the first time in eons. Was fun to get in the cockpit again, and the muscle memory of years of EAW dogfighting kicked in pretty fast.
Regrettably it looks like nothing ever really deposed IL-2, which itself was inferior to EAW IMHO (it's purtier graphics-wise, to be sure, but the *experience* just ain't there