And, for what it's worth, (and strangely enough), although the local airport is now called the "Greater Binghamton Airport", the actual _field_, as in "airfield", is still called "Edwin A. Link Field".



I had a play around with the early GAT-1 simulator but never got to try out the GAT-2 and subsequent models.. <sigh>

For their day they were extremely advanced.

News dated 1988:
"TORONTO, July 8— The Singer Commpany agreed today to sell its Link flight simulation and training systems division to CAE Industries of Canada for $550 million. The sale is part of the breakup of Singer. The Stamford, Conn., military contractor was acquired in January by the Florida financier Paul Bilzerian, who has since said that all of Singer's divisions are up for sale.
Also today, Singer agreed to sell its education division for $20 million.
On Tuesday, Singer said it would sell its power tools and floor-care equipment division to Ryobi Ltd. of Japan for about $325 million. CAE, a Toronto-based manufacturer of commercial flight simulators and other industrial products, said it had reached a definitive agreement with Singer to buy the Link division. It said it would finance the cost of the acquisition internally and through bank borrowings. Singer's Link division, based in Binghamton, N.Y., employs 7,500 and posted revenues of $550 million in 1987. Analysts said the purchase would more than double CAE's size and would create a leading producer of flight simulators. ''I think it will be the world's leader in commercial and military flight simulation,'' said Mark Lawrence, a technology analyst for Prudential-Bache Securities Canada Ltd. Separately, Integrated Resources Inc. announced today that it would purchase Singer's education division for $20 million. The division, known as Career Systems Development, is an operator of vocational training centers. The sales of these divisions will help Mr. Bilzerian pay off debt he accumulated during his $1.06 billion takeover of Singer, which came after a long battle with management."

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-----Original Message-----
From: ProFox [] On Behalf Of John Weller
Sent: 19 February 2018 10:30
Subject: RE: [NF] RE: Timers in VFP

Hi Ken,

Thanks for that. I was a navigator in the RAF for many years and was seconded to the UK arm of Singer Link between 1978 and 1982 to work on the Tornado simulator project. The Binghamton office was doing some work for the project hence my visit. I often wondered what happened to them after I left :-)



John Weller
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> John,
> For some reason this message didn't get delivered to my work email. I
> was just combing through the list at home and saw it today.
> Singer Link is gone. CAE Corp bought it, and Hughes Aircraft bought
> relocated most of the simulator stuff to Arlington, TX. The federal
> government had a couple of classifed projects going at the Binghamton
> and insisted they stay there. Those are now owned by
> L3 and are still located at the industrial park in Kirkwood. Most of
> the
> Link building has been taken over and converted to a multi-tenant space.

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