Constance Alexander: In Country uses fiction and fact to make a connection between past, present

The first page of Bobbie Ann Mason’s novel, “In Country,” was my informal orientation to Kentucky. Samantha Hughes, the main character, was en route from the Bluegrass State to Washington DC with her grandmother and her Uncle Emmett to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Five lines down from the beginning, the word “Mamaw” jumped off the page. Then a few paragraphs down, Stuckey’s and...

Viet Nam War era helicopter ‘The Cobra’ on exhibition at the Kentucky Aviation Museum

An exhibit on the Bell Helicopter model AH-1, called “The Cobra” and developed for the Vietnam War, is now open at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport, in Lexington. The Cobra was the first purpose-built attack helicopter gunship developed for the United States military, growing out of attempts to arm another Bell helicopter, the UH- 1, or “Huey”. The Cobra was the first purpose-built...