Hill Goodspeed is a native of Pensacola, Florida, and comes from a naval family. His grandfather trained at NAS Pensacola as a naval aviator during World War II, his father was a Vietnam War-era Marine officer, and a great uncle served as a PT-Boat skipper in the South Pacific during World War II.
He received his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University, majoring in history and journalism and receiving the honor of being selected as a George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholar. He received his M.A. in history from the University of West Florida. Since 1994, he has worked at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, where he serves as Historian and Artifact Collection Manager. He is also an adjunct professor for the Naval War College Distance Education Program lecturing in the field of Strategy and Policy.
Hill is the author or editor of five books and has contributed to two others, among his works the book U.S. Naval Aviation, which Proceedings named one of the notable naval books of 2001. He has also appeared frequently as an historical commentary on PBS, Discovery Channel, and History Channel programs.