Vietnam War Cobra
The photos below show an AH-1 Cobra helicopter that saw service in Vietnam, now on
display in the Veterans Memorial Park in Bristol Virginia-Tennessee.
Bristol Virginia City Manager Paul Spangler is a former Army aviator who flew
fixed-wing aircraft in Vietnam. He retired in 1989 to take the job as City
Bristol TN-VA is a "twin city" with the Tennessee-Virginia state line
splitting the town. State Street -- the town's main street -- is divided down the
middle by the state line with one side being in Virginia and the other in Tennessee.
On the Virginia side is the Veterans Memorial Park. Paul worked for several
years to obtain a Cobra helicopter that had flown in Vietnam and add the helicopter to the
park. In mid-2002, his efforts paid off and this AH-1 Cobra is now on permanent
display in the Veterans Memorial Park.
The statues represent members of all military services in uniforms from WW II.
Note the gray marble and brick walkways. These are paved with individual stones and
bricks that can be purchased and engraved with a veteran's name, military service, and
dates of service.