Fred Stillwell grew up in Georgia near a golf course where mail planes landed when they were out of gas or had motor trouble. The pilots would often give Fred fifteen cents to fetch a gallon of gas. His experiences helping the pilots led to a life-long fascination with aviation.
Fred's first book, The Airplane Alphabet Book (Charlesbridge) is a collaboration with Jerry Pallotta. Fred hopes that this book will give children insight into the history of airplanes and a better understanding of a technology that they might have taken for granted.
Fred is an avid "pilot" of remote-controlled airplanes, often flying them with his grandchildren. He enjoys playing golf near his home in Georgia.