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 a disruptive pattern camouflage uniform stands holding a flagpole with a flag in one hand and a military rifle in the other.

RCAF member takes “top shot” at military shooting competition

Lieutenant Baron Hordo, a member of the Royal Canadian Force, took home the Queen’s Medal for top Regular Force shooter at the 2018 Canadian Armed Forces Small Arms Competition held in September in Ottawa.
October 5, 2018

A man in a disruptive pattern military uniform, wearing headphones and a microphone, sits at a desk in front of a computer.

22 Wing North Bay executes worldwide synthetic battlefield exercise

In September 2018, 22 Wing North Bay executed an international battlefield exercise – all in virtual reality.
September 26, 2018

MFO Flight Followers

MFO Flight Followers Corporal Joshua Berkelmans and Sergeant Wayne Farrell

Whether it’s the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) UH-60 helicopter observer missions, the movement of troops and essential supplies in a Czech Air Force CASA C-295 aircraft around the Sinai Peninsula, or an emergency medical evacuation to a hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel, there is always a Canadian Armed Forces Flight Follower tracking it to make sure it takes off, conducts its mission, and lands at its destination safely.
September 26, 2018

A fighter jet flies slightly behind a larger bomber aircraft with four propellers.

"Q" Duty

“Q" Duty may be the RCAF’s most important mission: defending and deterring threats from Canadian sovereign airspace. Pilots and support personnel are ready to go on a moment’s notice—and consume lots of coffee while they are on duty.
September 25, 2018

Three men.

8 Wing Trenton welcomes new honorary colonel

8 Wing Trenton gave a warm welcome to their new honorary colonel, John Smylie, and said a fond farewell to their outgoing honorary colonel, John Williams, at a ceremony held September 20, 2018.
September 21, 2018

Wreaths of poppies lie on gray steps in front of a memorial.

“We will remember them”

On November 11, 2017, the Royal Canadian Air Force held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony in front of the Mausoleum in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Lieutenant-Colonel William Barker, VC, is interred. Major-General Blaise Frawley, deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force presided over the ceremony. Here are his remarks from the solemn commemoration of our war dead.
November 17, 2017

A woman wearing a black dress is flanked by two men wearing military uniforms on each side. The woman and the man on her left hold a plaque that displays two winged badges.

Governor General Julie Payette receives RCAF astronaut “wings”

Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada Julie Payette has become only the second person to be presented with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s astronaut flying badge, commonly known as astronaut “wings”.
November 14, 2017

Two elderly men wearing medals on their blazers peer out of a vintage aircraft with riveted skin and bearing the designation JB266.

Lancaster links reunite former crewmates

Two Second World War veterans who share a common history of service reunite in Nova Scotia.
November 10, 2017

A child stands in front of a black granite cenotaph, holding a poster with three photos affixed to it.

“Time to Remember”

A Grade 5 student in Nova Scotia heard and saw his see his late great-grandfather, a veteran of the Second World War, this week in a video production spearheaded by the RCAF’s Honorary Colonel Dan Hennessey.
November 9, 2017

An elderly man sits, wearing a blazer bearing many medals on ribbons.

Frank Poole, Survivor

Captain (retired) Frank Poole received the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest order of military merit, in a June 20, 2017, ceremony at Veterans Memorial Lodge at the Broadmead care facility in Victoria, British Columbia.
November 9, 2017

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