Lindbergh Lands in Choconut...85 Years Later

By Matt Porter

November 9, 2012 Updated Nov 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM EDT

Choconut, PA (WBNG Binghamton) Jim Mordovancey wasn't alive when Charles Lindbergh made an emergency landing on his grandparents' farm 85 years ago.

But he knows the story so well, you'd think he was there himself.

"This is the field where Lindbergh landed, right here where you see the tall grass right now," said Mordovancey.

Out on what used to be his family's farm, Mordovancey painted a fantastic scene.

"He flew back and forth about 100 feet off the ground," he said recalling his grandfather's stories, "Looking right at the ground trying to find a place to land he reached this hedge row and hopped up and down like a steeplechaser he said."

He said Lindbergh wasn't as happy to see Choconut as people were to see him.

"This led to a lot of frustration on his part, he wanted to be in Buffalo," Mordovancey said, "He wasn't exactly a warm fuzzy when it came to dealing with all the people."

Gracious to his hosts however, Mordovancey's family tried to keep the famed pilot comfortable.

"He had a magazine, reading a magazine, people came to the door to see him, and my mother said he told them to just go away," he said.

Three days after the impromptu landing, he said lucky Lindy made his way back to the skies with a show.

Days his grandparents never forgot.

"When they talked about it 50 years later, they get all excited," said Mordovancey, "Their eyes gleamed, it was just a touch with greatness, with history."

History living on in Choconut.

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