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Slow soaring is the life for Good Year Blimp pilot

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Updated: 8/06 11:25 pm

(WAVE) When he was little, Matt Lussier wanted to be a bird. He settled for flying with them.

"There's only about 35 to 40 blimp pilots in the world," said Lussier. "I was at the right place at the right time."

A pilot since he was age 14, Lussier jumped when he heard there was an opening to fly a Goodyear blimp.

"About eight interviews later and 1,800 applicants later, here I am," Lussier said.

Since the 1960s the blimp and sports have gone hand in hand.

"It's not a good sporting event unless the Goodyear blimp is above your event," said Lussier who has flown over them all - baseball, football, and as a Charlotte-area native, NASCAR. "I love doing NASCAR and it is the best seat in the house. Those are the skybox seats."

-- Janelle MacDonald reports

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