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 an olive-green flight suit stands in front of an orange propeller aircraft.

Our people: Major Steve Thompson, Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser

Major Steve Thompson says his 12 years of experience working in the north is important in his role as the Air Task Force’s Air Detachment (North) commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
May 13, 2020

A smiling woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform stands in front of a jet fighter.

Our people: Major Jane Yoon, Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser

Instead of finalizing the logistics of her much-anticipated wedding, Major Jane Yoon answered the call of duty as Air Task Force A4 for Operation Laser, the CAF’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
May 12, 2020

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New CAF Space Specialist Skill Badge

Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have achieved a combination of formal space qualifications and experience are now eligible to proudly wear the Space Specialist Skill Badge.
May 11, 2020

A smiling man in a olive green flight suit holding a pilot’s helmet stands in front of a grey helicopter.

Our people: Major Matthew Dukowski heads up Air Detachment (Atlantic) for Operation Laser

“When things get bad, people look to us,” says Major Matthew Dukowski, Air Detachment (Atlantic) Commander for Operation Laser, the Canadian Armed Forces’ response to the novel coronavirus global pandemic.
April 23, 2020

A woman wearing a disruptive pattern uniform sits at a desk with a laptop.

Our people: Warrant Officer Tina Koutras

Using knowledge and experience she acquired in her civilian roles as a motivational coach and online entrepreneur, Warrant Officer Tina Koutras is keeping the information flowing at 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, during the COVID-19 epidemic.
April 15, 2020

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Lost Canadian Banshee pilot remembered at U.S. naval base

A ceremony honouring the memory of Lieutenant Barry Troy, a Banshee fighter pilot who disappeared off the coast of Florida 60 years ago, was held in Mayport, Florida on February 26, 2018. Following the ceremony, newly discovered artifacts from the crash were transferred to the RCAF.
March 1, 2018

An old biplane flies above a frozen lake.

RCAF's pathway to the stars began with the Silver Dart

The first successful powered, heavier-than-air, controlled airplane flight in Canada took place at Baddeck, Nova Scotia, on February 23, 1909, when the Silver Dart took to the air, piloted by J.A.D. McCurdy.
February 22, 2018

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Artifacts belonging to Lieutenant Barry Troy returning to Canada

On February 26, 2018, artifacts belonging to the late Lieutenant Barry Troy, a fighter pilot with the Royal Canadian Navy, who disappeared off the coast of Florida in 1958, will be returned to representatives of the Canadian Department of National Defence. 
February 21, 2018

Three men, one in a military uniform, stand beside each other. The man in the centre and on the right hold a framed certificate between them.

Gold – 40 years ago

In an article published 30 years ago, we look back at a reunion of members of the RCAF Flyers team before they headed off to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.
February 16, 2018

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The RCAF Flyers stunned the world by winning Olympic gold

Seventy years ago today, a hastily assembled team of hockey players from the Royal Canadian Air Force stunned the world by winning the Olympic gold medal at St. Moritz, Switzerland.
February 8, 2018

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