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 in a military uniform stands behind a podium, speaking. People in military uniforms, some holding band instruments, stand behind him.

Wing Commander Barker continues to inspire today’s RCAF leaders

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018. The school’s commandant reflects on Wing Commander Barker’s enduring legacy and the strong parallels between the First World War Ace and the modern RCAF school that is now named after him.
April 25, 2018

Four men in sports clothes stand in line with their arms around each other’s shoulders; two hold a baton.

RCAF runners bring home silver, new Canadian record

RCAF brothers Serge and Claude Faucher achieved excellent results at the recent Canadian Masters Indoor Championships.
April 19, 2018

A group of people in military combat uniforms stand on a tarmac outdoors with aircraft behind them.

Royal Air Force celebrates 100th anniversary

As the Royal Air Force celebrates 100 years of service to the UK, the Royal Canadian Air Force revisits its long and interwoven history of training, war-fighting, and mutual respect with the RAF.
April 18, 2018

Two men in military uniforms sit at a table covered in tartan cloth and a group of military personnel stand behind them.

RCAF school renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC

The Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Studies was renamed in honour of Wing Commander William Barker, VC on April 12, 2018.
April 17, 2018

Fourteen young people wearing olive green flight suits and holding helmets gather on and in front of the port wing of a small dark blue aircraft.

NATO Flying Training in Canada Program makes history

NATO Flying Training in Canada Program graduates its largest-ever class.
April 16, 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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