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.

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

Military insignia

RCAF assures Canada’s sovereignty in the North

From July 22 to 31, 2019, a 14 Wing Greenwood, Nova Scotia-based CP-140 Aurora tactical crew and its ground support technicians played a vital role in Operation Limpid, maintaining Canada’s physical presence throughout the North.
September 6, 2019

Eight people wearing disruptive pattern military uniforms stand in a row in front of a small aircraft inside a hangar.

RCAF technicians to compete in Toronto

Eight RCAF aircraft structures technicians from the Canadian Forces School of Aerospace Technology and Engineering will be in Toronto on the 2019 Labour Day weekend to compete in a regional Aircraft Structures Skills competition.
August 28, 2019

Under a blue sky, a young man wearing a dark blue flight suit and cap stands on the wing of a fighter aircraft with a decoratively painted tail and gives a thumbs-up.

Salmon Arm cadet has experiences of a lifetime

Cadet Warrant Officer First Class Nicholas Lourens, from Salmon Arm, British Columbia, is spending the summer of 2019 learning to fly.
August 22, 2019

Two people wearing olive green flight suits and helmets push a yellow and orange buoy off the ramp of a cargo aircraft flying over ice and snow.

Dropping meteorological buoys in the Arctic

In July 2019, 413 Search and Rescue Squadron successfully completed the 2019 Arctic Buoy Drop to augment the meteorological network already in place in the Arctic.
August 16, 2019

A man tries to put on a military dress jacket that is far too small for him and a woman wears a jacket that is far too big for her.

Holiday traditions in the Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force treasures and maintains a number of special traditions associated with the holiday period – ranging from Christmas dinners to “sticky floors” to New Year’s levees.
December 20, 2018

The cover of a publication with a drawing of Santa Claus’ face and the words “Y’s Cracks | No. 1 “Y” Depot, R.C.A.F. | Halifax – N.S. | Christmas, 1943”.

Christmas 1943: From No. 1 “Y” Depot in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Christmas 1943, 75 years ago, was a somber time.The Second World War had been ongoing for more than four years, with the accompanying separations and losses of loved ones. However, the editorial staff of No. 1 “Y” Depot’s newsletter encouraged depot personnel to keep their spirits high during the Christmas season while serving up their regular selection of gossip, jokes and news.
December 19, 2018

Two men in blue coveralls and one in a casual shirt and jeans work at different stations in a workshop.

National Air Force Museum of Canada’s “senior squadron” a national treasure

More than 120 volunteers, the majority retired military members, do everything from greeting visitors to working on aircraft restoration and education programs at the National Air Force Museum of Canada.
December 10, 2018

Four men, two wearing civilian clothing and two wearing RCAF uniforms, stand outdoors beside a plaque mounted on a stand.

So close to peace: The untimely deaths of Second Lieutenant MacHardy and Lieutenant Rodger

Second Lieutenant Alexander William MacHardy, who was likely the last Canadian airman to die during the First World War, was honoured on November 10, 2018, at the site in Belgium where his aircraft was shot down exactly 100 years before.
November 29, 2018

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

RCAF commander joins high school students to honour a “Dambuster”

An Ottawa high school honoured one of their own, a Second World War RCAF pilot who lost his life during the famed Dambusters Raid, during their Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9, 2018. Here are the remarks that Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF, delivered during the ceremony.
November 27, 2018

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