Who Invented the First Joystick?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 4, 2020 8:48:20 AM ET
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Esnault-Pelterie, an early 20th century French pilot, is credited with the invention of the joystick. The device was originally used for aircraft controls, although much about its mechanical development and the etymology of its name is debatable. Some people credit a Missouri aviator, James Henry Joyce, with the invention.