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.

Three men wearing military uniforms.

Corporal Christopher Ninclaus: ATIS Technician of the Year

Corporal Christopher Ninclaus of 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, was named aerospace communications and information systems (ATIS) technician of the year for 2018.
May 2, 2019

Three men wearing military uniforms.

North Bay reservist receives top national air reserve award

Master Corporal Darwin Renette of 22 Wing North Bay, Ontario, recently received the national award as top air reserve non-commissioned member for 2018.
May 1, 2019

Under a blue sky, with a large white building in the background, a person stands on a runway, wearing a green and black disruptive pattern jacket, and green pants and helmet, and holding a small control box on a long cable leading to a helicopter with its rotors turning.

New challenges for Canadian Armed Forces personnel

Are you a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) looking for a new job and a new challenge?The Royal Canadian Air Force is looking for currently-serving members interested in a career as a flight engineer, an airborne electronic sensor operator or a search and rescue technician. Briefing teams will be visiting locations across the country throughout May 2019 to meet with military personnel and discuss the possibilities.
April 30, 2019

Four men and one woman, all wearing similar blue military uniforms, sit at or stand behind a table in front of a tartan backdrop displaying a framed photo; a flag stands on each side of the photo.

“You rise when you lift others”

14 Air Maintenance Squadron welcomes Honorary Colonel David Proudfoot.
April 26, 2019

Seven people wearing Canadian disruptive pattern military uniforms, flanked by a person wearing a different disruptive pattern uniform and a person in civilian clothes, stand in a row on a stage.

RCAF technicians make a winning impression at aerospace maintenance competition

RCAF air maintenance technicians took home awards from the Aerospace Maintenance Competition held in Atlanta, Georgia, in April. It was the first time the RCAF had sent teams to compete.
April 18, 2019

A man wearing a military uniform stands behind a lecturn speaking into a microphone.

“We give thanks, as we have since 1943”

The national Battle of Britain commemorative ceremony was held September 15, 2019 in Ottawa. The commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force was the reviewing officer and keynote speaker. Here are his remarks.
September 20, 2019

An elderly man, wearing a jacket and tartan tie and a wedge cap, with medals on his jacket, stands behind a podium speaking into microphones.

RCAF remembers the valour of “The Few”

On September 15, 2019, the RCAF marked the 79th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a parade at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.
September 18, 2019

A montage of two head-and-shoulders photos of men, one wearing military flying clothes and the other wearing a jacket, tie, and “wedge cap”.

Lost in the wild: The mystery of Northrop Delta 673

Two Royal Canadian Air Force airmen would become the first to die in Canada in the Second World War, but they would not be found until 1958.
September 13, 2019

Six men wearing military uniforms with belted tunics, stand in a row.

The Battle of Britain: The RCAF gains new leadership

Many Canadian fighter pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain put their knowledge and experience, gained during the crucial battle, to excellent use as they provided foundational leadership for new squadrons over the following years of the war.
September 13, 2019

A group of pilots of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron walk towards the camera from a Hawker Hurricane after returning from a fighter sortie on October 24, 1940.

Battle of Britain profile of courage: John Alexander Kent and the RAF’s Polish fighter pilots

In 1940, John Alexander Kent, a Canadian, was posted to RAF Northolt as a flight commander with the Royal Air Force’s newly-formed No. 303 Polish Squadron.
September 12, 2019

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