Followup: I play Condor with a Thrustmaster Flight Hotas 4. One of the benefits of this model is an extra paddle controller on the throttle base that goes left and right. I use the joyToKey program and map that controller to mouse view within Condor. Played with the setting for a bit and you get a smooth rotation left and right across the screen. Better than the hat switch for viewpoint control but limited to left & right only. I also use JoyToKey & programmed the tilting rudder pedals to act as a wheelbrake when landing.
6 months later, still having good luck with this controller playing condor and Xwing Alliance (with XWAUpgrade), which is far more abusive of the controller than condor.