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 group of people, seen from behind, sit in chairs in a large indoor space, listening to a man wearing a blue uniform.

Royal Air Force marks 100th anniversary by inspiring Canadian youth

As part of the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary celebrations in Canada, students and cadets are participating in RAF100 events at Vintage Wings of Canada.
June 8, 2018

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

A person wearing orange clothing tends to a girl with simulated injuries.

Chinthex 2018

435 Transport and Rescue Squadron holds annual SAR exercise.
June 7, 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

A black and white pen and ink montage of the head and shoulders of a man in military uniform, three aircraft and a tank.

Flight Lieutenant Colton “burns bright” in memory

Flight Lieutenant John Colton had a harrowing service as a Typhoon pilot during the Second World War. On October 5, 2017, the RCAF commander was presented with a limited edition print commemorating F/L Colton and his military service.
October 30, 2017

Two men, one holding a wreath, wear medium-blue uniforms with poppies and salute at a stone memorial, while many more people in similar uniforms stand in the background

Maritime patrol fallen are not forgotten

Fourteen wreaths are laid at 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia, to commemorate flyers who have lost their lives while carrying out long-range and maritime patrol missions.
October 25, 2017

Two men in blue uniforms and an older man in a darker blue suit, all wearing medals, stand in front of a black monument topped with a statue of a roaring lion.

New Ontario cenotaph honours fallen members of storied RCAF squadron

427 Special Operations Aviation Squadron now has a cenotaph in the village of Cobden, Ontario, in remembrance of its fallen aviators.
October 19, 2017

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Battle of Britain heroes honoured in National Capital Region

The RCAF’s national ceremony honouring those who participated in the Battle of Britain 77 years ago was held at Vintage Wings of Canada in Gatineau, Quebec, on September 17, 2017.
October 13, 2017

Three men surround an easel on which rests a painting of a golden-coloured aircraft. They are holding the white cloth they have just lifted from the painting.

Legacy of the RCAF Golden Hawks celebrated

On the weekend of September 16, 2017, former members of the Golden Hawks aerobatic team, as well as families of former members, gathered in Mirimichi, New Brunswick, to celebrate the team’s proud legacy.
October 12, 2017

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