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 helmeted woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform with a red and white flag patch holds an automatic weapon.

14 Wing BMQ tests air force option

RCAF pilots BMQ for Air Reserve recruits.
August 3, 2018

Captain Jacinda Smit

Captain Jacinda Smit

60 Seconds with Capt Jacinda Smit, Air Combat Systems Officer at RIMPAC 2018
July 27, 2018

Following the unveiling of framed displays of Chief Warrant Officer Necole Belanger's article

Profession of Arms: Where Leadership Begins!

Chief Warrant Officer Necole Belanger wrote a meaningful, powerful and moving article about being a member of the profession of arms from a Royal Canadian Air Force Chief Warrant Officer’s perspective.
July 25, 2018

Damebusters

15 Wing DameBusters inspire roller derby community

The DameBusters, 15 Wing’s roller derby team, hosted their first open practice session with civilian players who wanted to improve their rollerblading skills. This new practice challenge also included referee training offered to new referees, also known as zebras within the roller derby community.
July 18, 2018

Cpl Tyler Billings

Cpl Tyler Billings

Defence Team member Cpl Tyler Billings takes us into the world of cyber in this new installment of the video series, I Am Strong, Secure, Engaged.
July 18, 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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