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 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

Five men in running gear round a corner on a track.

RCAF runner fares well at world-level championships

World Masters Athlete Major Serge Faucher competed recently at the North, Central America and Caribbean Region of WMA Championships, coming home with a personal bronze and a team silver.
November 28, 2019

A weightlifter wearing black shorts and t-shirt, and a vest reading “CAN”, holds a bar with three weight plates on each end above his head.

Shearwater technician shows his strength

12 Wing Shearwater’s Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair earned the number one spot at the 2019 World Masters Olympic Weightlifting Championships.
November 26, 2019

A black and white photo of a black man wearing a shirt and tie, and a uniform jacket with wings.

Eric Watts, a natural leader

When Eric Victor Watts enlisted in the RCAF on May 10, 1939, technically, he should not have been allowed to join. Nevertheless, he proved to be a natural leader.
February 19, 2020

In a black-and-white photograph, a Black man wearing a uniform stands with his hands in his pockets in front of a large memorial displaying statues of men in uniforms.

Recruits of Choice

The excellence of Black Canadians recruited to the RCAF during and after the Second World War—even before Blacks were officially allowed to join the Air Force—is reflected in their achievements during and following their military service.
February 13, 2020

A news clipping with the headline “Carty family has enviable war record”, showing head-and-shoulders photos of five men.

Regulation? What regulation?

During the early years of the Second World War, Black Canadians were, for the most part, barred from joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. But it’s clear that some recruiting officers deliberately ignored the regulation.
February 5, 2020

Three people, two men and a woman, all wearing blue Air Force uniforms, stand behind an elderly man in a wheelchair wearing civilian clothes and holding a framed picture.

Aviator to aviator: Visit with veteran ties RCAF history together

Second World War veteran Flight Lieutenant (retired) Jim McRae recently received a visit in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, from 404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron leadership.
January 22, 2020

An older man, wearing a flying helmet, sits in the cockpit of a small aircraft that has its canopy open.

Aviation community says goodbye to Fern Villeneuve

The founder of the RCAF’s legendary “Golden Hawks” aerobatic team died December 25, 2019, at the age of 92.
January 10, 2020

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