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.

People in green or disruptive pattern uniforms stand on tarmac so as to spell out “75”. Behind are two helicopters, 13 people holding a blue and white flag, and a blue and white gyrfalcon’s head badge.

430 Squadron celebrates 75 years

430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary on January 1, 2018.
January 18, 2018

Five men in olive uniforms (one with a disruptive pattern), one man in a different-patterned jacket, and a woman balancing a hip-high fishing buoy at her feet, stand in front of a large aircraft.

God Jul! Norwegian Christmas greetings make their way to Yarmouth fisherman

A fishing buoy travels from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Norway on ocean currents – and is brought home by the RCAF, arriving in time for Christmas.
January 10, 2018

A man in a dinner jacket stands at a podium and speaks into a microphone bearing a model of a passenger aircraft. Behind him is a painting of soldiers on a hilltop during a battle.

From the Avro Arrow to the Gimli Glider

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering hosted guests who related the recovery of Avro Arrow models from Lake Ontario, and the landing of the “Gimli Glider” at a former RCAF airfield in Manitoba.
January 8, 2018

A smiling young woman wearing a cook’s uniform and hat holds a platter with a very large cooked turkey.

Christmas, home and away

Christmas away from home and loved ones can be lonely, but Royal Canadian Air Force members manage to create a happy Christmas wherever they may find themselves. Here is a selection of photos of CAF Christmases, home and away.
December 22, 2017

A man with a white beard and moustache, wearing red and white clothes, sits in front of a laptop. He is flanked by two men wearing green disruptive pattern military uniforms.

Tech experts share tricks of the trade with Santa

Santa visited 14 Greenwood’s Wing Telecommunications Flight to get an update from the experts about the latest technology available to help him in his journey on December 24th.
December 20, 2017

Five people, in various military uniforms stand with a door behind them. Two of them use scissors to cut a ribbon strung between two metal posts in front of them.

New “collaboration room” named after Battle of Britain mechanic

A new “collaboration room” at the RCAF’s school of aerospace engineering and technology provides an innovative approach to collaboration, teamwork and learning.
July 5, 2018

Leading Aircraftman Stan Rivers (on the wing) and Leading Aircraftman Ken Allenby of 402 “Bear” Squadron, paint D-Day markings on an Allied aircraft.

Operation Overlord: D-Day Remembered

Royal Canadian Air Force squadrons had already been involved for several months in bombing key enemy targets in the invasion area. Now, RCAF squadrons were among 171 Allied squadrons that attacked on D-Day—June 6, 1944.
June 6, 2018

A man, woman and child look at items laid out on a table covered in a tartan tablecloth

Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered in Ottawa

More than 60 years ago, Lieutenant Barry Troy disappeared when his Banshee fighter jet crashed off the coast of Florida. On April 27, 2018, members of the Troy family gathered with personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and Royal Canadian Navy to pay tribute to his memory.
June 1, 2018

Side-by-side photos of a man. On the left, in black and white, he is young, wearing a flight suit and helmet; on the right, in colour, he is older, wearing an open-necked civilian shirt.

Colonel Ralph Hamilton Annis, January 11, 1931 – May 14, 2018

Colonel Ralph Annis will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 2, 2018.
May 28, 2018

Hundreds of uniformed people arrange themselves on tarmac to form the words “LOGGIE-FIVE-0”

Retired supply technician has huge effect on Logistics Branch 50th anniversary

Some 350 Canadian Armed Forces logisticians gather for a photo to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch.
May 25, 2018

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