Edwin A. Link

Edwin A. Link was six when his father moved the family to Binghamton to open a player piano and organ factory. By the time he was 16, Ed Link had caught flying fever. However, the tedious nature of early flight training methods discouraged his pursuit. Link began to tinker in the basement of his father’s factory with a contraption that would simulate the feel and movement of an airplane in flight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMcB9LexKto

‘Uniquely New York’ is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Space Men

American Experience Space Men airs on WSKG TV March 1, 2016 at 9pm. In the 1950s and early ’60s, a small band of high-altitude pioneers exposed themselves to the extreme forces of the space age long before NASA’s acclaimed Mercury 7 would make headlines. Though largely forgotten today, balloonists were the first to venture into the frozen near-vacuum on the edge of our world, exploring the very limits of human physiology and human ingenuity in this lethal realm.