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.

Four men of varying ages, wearing uniforms with bow ties, stand in a line in front of a tartan backdrop.

Three generations mark RCAF service at annual mess dinner

Three generations of the Dolsen family—grandfather, father and sons, retired and serving—attended the annual RCAF mess dinner at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, in March 2018.
April 16, 2018

Two men and a woman sit at a tartan-covered table with documents in front of them and flags in the background.

51 Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel

On April 11, 2018, during a ceremony held at 22 Wing North Bay, 51 Aerospace Control & Warning (Operational Training) Squadron Honorary Colonel Thomas Hedican relinquished his appointment to Honorary Colonel Jacques Lacourse.
April 13, 2018

A large outdoor sign with a goalie’s hockey stick leaning against it.

16 Wing supports Humboldt Broncos

Personnel at 16 Wing Borden join with all Canadians in mourning tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos, and have taken concrete action to demonstrate their support.
April 11, 2018

A woman and a man sit a tartan-covered table with documents and a miniature totem pole in front of them and a flag in the background.

426 Transport Training Squadron welcomes new Honorary Colonel

Ann Marie Vaughan, Ed. D., was welcomed as Honorary Colonel of 426 Transport Training Squadron in a ceremony held at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario, on April 11, 2018.
April 11, 2018

A side view of a brightly painted fighter jet, outdoors on the tarmac.

2018 Demonstration Hornet celebrates NORAD’s 60th anniversary

The 2018 Demonstration Hornet features a paint scheme celebrating this year’s 60th anniversary of the signing of the NORAD Agreement.
April 4, 2018

A large aircraft

A bouncing bomb at Nanton, Alberta

As part of the Bomber Command Museum of Canada’s commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Dambusters raid, the museum created a replica of the famed “bouncing bomb” and mounted it on their Lancaster, which is painted in the markings of a Dambusters Lancaster for the anniversary year.
October 17, 2018

A group of men stand in two rows in front of a stone fireplace. Several hold a large banner reading “50 Year Reunion”.

Reunion of 1968 pilot grads

Twenty-eight graduates of a 1968 RCAF pilot course got together in September 2018 in Esquimalt, British Columbia, to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of their Canadian Armed Forces careers
October 10, 2018

Three men.

Battle of Britain veteran marks 100th birthday

Flying Officer (retired) Ralph Wild was an instrument repair technician during the Battle of Britain. On September 27, 2018, he turned 100 and among those who sent him birthday wishes was the commander of the RCAF.
October 3, 2018

A vintage drop-wing single-engine aircraft flies in front of trees, with a flag in the foreground.

Heroes of the Battle of Britain remembered

The 78th anniversary of the Battle of Britain was marked on September 16, 2018, with a national ceremony in Gatineau, Québec.
October 1, 2018

A group of 20 men and women wearing civilian clothes stand behinds behind two grave stones, in front of which are four remembrance wreaths decorated with poppies.

Second World War RCAF officer recognized for wartime sacrifices

In 1945, Wing Commander Byron Rawson took his own life. His death has now been recognized as related to post-traumatic stress disorder, arising his Second World War service, and thus a Commonwealth War Graves Commission gravestone has been placed on his grave in Hamilton, Ontario.
September 25, 2018

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