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.

Five people, all in uniform, stand in front of three flags and a blue wall with lettering; two hold a plaque between them.

CADS has the watch

22 Wing/Canadian Forces Base North Bay, Ontario, home to the Canadian Air Defence Sector, receives the Partridge-Slemon Award recognizing its work in support of NORAD.
June 8, 2018

Two men in green flying uniforms hold a certificate in a folder between them.

RCAF trainees encouraged to make the most of their time between courses

Waiting periods between various phases of RCAF training is inevitable—but trainees are encouraged to make the most of those gaps for both personal and professional development.
June 4, 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

Three women in volleyball sports clothing stand on a volleyball court

Chang sisters representing Canada at international volleyball competition

Three sisters – two from the RCAF and one from the RCN – are representing Canada at an international military volleyball championship being held in Edmonton, Alberta.
June 1, 2018

A man and a woman, both wearing dark blue military uniforms, sit in leather wing-backed chairs on a stage with flags behind them.

New NORAD commander

On May 24, 2018, General Terrence O’Shaughnessy took command of NORAD/USNORTHCOM.
May 28, 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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