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I Am Los Angeles: The Spirit of America

Since 2012, KCET has been featuring the work of journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij through Departures, the station's interactive documentary project about the social history of Los Angeles. "I Am Los Angeles" is Debeij's portrait series that showcases the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is.

Spirit of America pilot David Bowling is a lucky man. For the past few years, he's had the chance to pilot one of three rare Goodyear Blimps from the 1920s. 

Bowling recalls seeing a Goodyear Blimp for the first time in the sky when he was about nine years old. From there, he was smitten. 

It never crossed his mind that he would someday fly one of the most iconic floating beauties in the world. Watch Bowling's childhood dream come to life in this compelling short documentary.

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