In the Writing Life, acording to DIllard, what sets Rahm apart from mere skilled pilots and makes him an artist and when does skill become art?

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Dillard notes that there are lots of other pilots who could do the same tricks that Rahm was doing, any one of them were capable of performing the same tricks.  It was the fact that Rahm "used his plane inexhaustibly," somehow creating a deeper and more powerful art because of the fact that he never seemed to stop, there wasn't a pause or breath, it was as though he was a "brush marking thin air."

She goes on to describe the way that there seemed to be a clear connection between the stunts he pulled off, comparing him to a symphony or a piece of music that had a beat or a time signature to it.  It is this ability to weave the various elements together, again elements that all the other pilots are capable of, into a complete whole, into a work of art that can be appreciated as such.

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