Hill Goodspeed, who’s scheduled to moderate a panel at the conference, is the author of “Beauty High Above, Horror Below” in this issue. The National Naval Aviation Museum’s historian, Mr. Goodspeed has been a regular contributor to Naval History during this centennial year of U.S. naval flight. His article is based on a holding in the museum’s Emil Buehler Library: the Vietnam War diary of A-1 Skyraider pilot Lieutenant (junior grade) Malcolm H. Tinker. The story is complemented by Tinker’s color photographs of his wartime deployment on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63).
A second feature also has a personal connection to the Naval History Conference. Paul Stillwell’s interview with the late Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, U.S. Navy (Retired), is taken from the admiral’s recently published U.S. Naval Institute oral history. In “‘Exploring the Unknowns’ at Mach 2.1,” Lawrence recalls his exciting years as a test pilot in the late 1950s, during which he became the first naval aviator to fly a Navy plane at twice the speed of sound.
One of the admiral’s daughters, retired Navy Captain Wendy Lawrence, is an aviation pioneer in her own right. She flew on multiple space-shuttle missions and will be a panelist at the conference.
Two other articles in this issue offer historical perspectives on U.S. naval involvement in a country that’s an ever-increasing present-day rival—China. Bernard Cole’s story, “America’s Asiatic Fleet,” takes a strategic look at the Navy’s daunting dual responsibilities in the Far East in the early 20th century: protecting American lives and property in China while preparing for a possible war with Japan. An expert on modern China as well as the country’s past, Dr. Cole is the author of The Great Wall at Sea: China’s Navy in the Twenty-First Century (Naval Institute Press, 2nd ed., 2010).
In June 2010, Naval History published an article about the U.S. Navy in the Korean War by former Naval Historical Center senior historian Edward Marolda. In “Asian Warm-up to the Cold War,” Dr. Marolda backtracks and examines America’s naval presence in civil war–torn China during the immediate post–World War II years. Although the Navy withdrew from mainland Chinese waters in 1949 following the triumph of Mao Tse-tung’s forces, its experience there left it better able to contend with future communist threats in Asia.
U.S. Naval Institute 2011 General Prize Photo Contest
Entries are now being accepted.
The winning and runner-up photographs will be recognized in Proceedings and Naval History and on www.usni.org  .
Deadline for photo entries is 1 October 2011.
Go to www.usni.org/magazines/photo-contest  for contest details.