Our People

The men and women of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and their civilian colleagues are the RCAF’s greatest strength, the heart of the institution and the foundation upon which the RCAF’s future is built. They are extraordinary and professional, capable of accomplishing great things, setting standards of quality that are respected around the world. Day after day, night after night they contribute directly and indirectly to the delivery of air and space power for our nation.

Our airmen and airwomen are guided and inspired by the achievements of those who have served in the Air Force throughout its history.

Here are some of their stories.

A man wearing an RCAF uniform holds a flag as he stands in a cemetery.

RCAF personnel participate in commemoration of Italian Campaign

Sergeant Terry Gibbins from 22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario, was part of contingent of more than 180 Canadian Armed Forces members who participated in commemoration ceremonies to remember the 96,000 Canadians who served in the Italian Campaign of the Second World War.
December 13, 2019

A line of people wearing RCMP or military uniforms or civilian clothing, and Santa Claus, stand in a row in front of a large aircraft.

RCAF helps RCMP deliver toys to northern kids

On December 6, 2019, the RCAF again assisted the RCMP in their annual “Toys for the North” campaign to deliver toys to children in some of Canada’s most remote northerly locations.
December 12, 2019

A man wearing a military flight suit stands in front of an aircraft.

RCAF announces pilot for 2020 CF-18 Demonstration Team

Captain Dan Deluce will be the 2020 Demo Hornet pilot. The CF-18 Demonstration Team is looking forward to thrilling audiences across Canada this summer and demonstrating the RCAF’s capabilities to Canadians.
December 10, 2019

Eleven people, ten in civilian dress and one wearing an olive green uniform, flank a large vertical poster bearing images of a lighthouse badge; a lighthouse on a cliff; a red, blue and gold badge; and text in English and French.

Building a bridge over troubled waters: The Sentinel Program in practice

“Not too long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, I came to a dark and lonely place.” A Canadian Armed Forces member talks about mental health, suicide prevention and the Sentinel Program.
December 9, 2019

Five people wearing Canadian disruptive pattern combat uniforms stand in a row.

Canadian air battle managers train with the “Doghouse”

Students and instructors from 51 Aerospace Control and Warning (Operational Training) Squadron in North Bay enhanced their training as air battle managers at Tyndall Air Force Base in fall 2019.
December 5, 2019

A man wearing flying gear stands on the wing of an aircraft, leaning against the fuselage.

100th birthday of Thomas W. Dowbiggin

December 3, 2019, marks the 100th birthday of  Squadron Leader (retired) Thomas W. Dowbiggin, who served as a Second World War Spitfire pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s 401 Squadron.
December 3, 2019

Four people dressed in Air Force uniforms salute, as snow falls. They are surrounded by a crowd of people.

Wing Commander William Barker remembered

On November 11, 2019, the RCAF participated in a Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Wing Commander William Barker, VC, is interred. Here are remarks from Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF.
November 22, 2019

A red aircraft in flight.

Five new inductees for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

Four individuals, including a First and Second World War Royal Canadian Air Force member and an RCAF air demonstration team, will be honoured by Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame in 2020.
November 15, 2019

A man wearing a disruptive-pattern uniform and a blue beret prepares to be high-fived by a toddler, while a second man in a similar uniform and a large crowd of people watch.

75th anniversary of 407 Squadron aircraft forced landing in Norway

Six Canadians crash-landed their Second World War bomber in Nazi-occupied Norway in 1944. Since the mid-1980s, their descendants and the descendants of the Norwegians who helped them escape the Nazis, gather yearly to remember and give thanks.
November 7, 2019

A man and a woman sit side by side

Profile of Courage: Jack Watts passes away at age of 98

Jack Watts, whose war-time exploits included helping destroy the Tirpitz battle ship and surviving a crash in the Mediterranean, died in 2019 at the age of 98.
November 5, 2019

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